Letter to the Editor: Asking for support of MCCDC

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Editor:

I am writing this letter supporting the fund raising for the Merrick County Child Development Center. They are raising money to retire preexisting debt. I would like to share some facts and statements concerning the benefits of early childhood education.

Early childhood education is defined as infant through third grade or age eight. The University of Nebraska/Lincoln and the Buffet Early Childhood Institute have created the “Nebraska Early Childhood Workfocre Commission” They will try to solve the problems of early childhood education in counties like ours.

Quoting Marjorie Kostelnik, dean of the UNL/Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences “We don’t just need a place to put a child. We need a high-quality place, a stimulating place and a nurturing place.”

Children’s earliest experiences pay off later in life. Child care is not just a parenting issue, it is a community issue. Buffest Institute executive director Samuel Meister says: “If kids are not cared for well early on and don’t thrive and contribute as they grow into adulthood, they will be a burden as they grow. Families are what makes a community.

This is what we have now with the MCCDC. A facility that has served Merrick County for 16 years. I have had two granddaughters attend MCCDC and cannot compliment the staff enough for the care and nurturing that was provided. They were very fortunate to have this available to them.

I asked that everyone give to this fundraising so that the debt can be retired and new programs can be offered to more children.

Tom Wagner
Central City

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