In addressing the massive gathering Harris outlined the benefits and rationale of such a programme to the people of the federation.
“Our children are precious. I believe the best gift that we can give to our children is the gift of education. Studies have shown that children who pass through Day Care Centres tend to be better prepared for further learning at primary and secondary levels. Studies show that they tend overall to perform better and be more responsible in life,” said the Team UNITY Leader Dr. Harris.
The dynamic UNITY Leader continued “Tonight I propose that we remove the requirement of fees for the young children in our pre-schools. This will be a major relief for parents but more importantly we are giving the young a head start in life. This is a reasonable position because primary education and secondary education is relatively free. At least there is no admission fee at these levels. When we remove this admission fee from our pre-schools, we achieve equality of support at this level of education.”
A universal preschool program would ensure that quality preschool education is available to every child in the federation. Such a program would promote school readiness by providing all children with the early education necessary to begin school ready to learn. Studies of high-quality early childhood programs demonstrate that they are especially beneficial to children from economically disadvantaged households. In addition, a universal preschool system would help meet the growing demand for child care that stems from the increasing proportion of families that have both parents in the workforce.
Team UNITY headed into East Basseterre last evening Wednesday October 9th at 7:30pm and had their first Public Meeting since the historic launch two weeks ago. The meeting was the first of a series of events for the week which includes a lunchtime Public Meeting at the C.A.P Industrial Site to at 12 noon and a massive “People Power” March and Rally on Friday starting from Greenlands at 4:30pm and culminating on Bank Street.
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