4-year-old kindergarten and policies that provide funding for young children from at-risk situations
In this episode of Policy Matters, we explore the early years, focusing on 4-year-old kindergarten, and policies that provide funding for young children from at-risk situations. We will learn the research base for a statewide policy supporting publicly funded 4-year old kindergarten in South Carolina. The program visits four different 4-K settings in South Carolina-in public schools in both rural and urban settings – as well as in a private childcare setting. We hear from legislators on both sides of the aisle as to its value. Finally, Dr. Dee Stegelin, an early childhood professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education will lead the Community Forum panel discussion on the importance of such a policy, including Dave Morley, a retired businessman; Dan Wuori of the SC Office of First Steps; and Joe Waters, of the Institute for Child Success.