I was emailed by a friend down in Alabama who told me that early childhood education folks in her state are starting to think pre-birth or pre-natal to five, not just birth to five. This is evidenced in a blueprint they submitted using Recovery Act funds. Pay special attention to page 2 in the document embedded below:
It is bad enough that the state is getting involved early childhood education and taking kids away from their parents at an earlier age. Here is what they wrote:
Our goal is to use one-time funding to put into place important infrastructure components or building blocks for a coordinated and comprehensive system for young children pre-birth to age five. As an economic development initiative to support working families and build for a future of prosperity, there are few investments that will provide such a return. Because of the relatively small investments we currently make in young children and because there is such fertile ground for impact, few opportunities provide such a cost-benefit return. (emphasis mine)
What in the world do they anticipate doing for kids pre-birth? I shudder to think.