Last year the state budget process was extremely contentious throughout Wisconsin. Lost on many amid the furor over collective bargaining, cuts to K-12 education, and reduced aid to our communities was the repeal of in-state tuition for undocumented students.
Although there are some resources available to aid immigrant families in navigating the health system, access to culturally and linguistically
appropriate care and information is not universally available in Wisconsin.
As universal public 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) continues to expand across the state, many are not aware that 4K has a history going back over 160 years. The first kindergarten in the United States was founded in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1856, shortly after the first “kindergarten” was opened in Germany in 1837 by Friedrich Fröebel.
Why is there such an unusual consensus about the effectiveness of high-quality early learning programs from leaders in business, economics, law enforcement, and government? The answer has a lot to do with scientific evidence about brain development and the effectiveness of early childhood intervention efforts.