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The Washington Post
November 19, 2013
In the richest country in the world, the poorest among us are children. Forty-two percent of African American children and 37 percent of Latino children are born poor – and they’re likely to stay poor. The 16 million children living in poverty suffer worse education, health and job outcomes, making it even harder for them and their families to break out of their circumstances. In New York City, where nearly one-third of children live below the poverty line, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has pledged to tackle the pernicious problems of poverty and income inequality, and the centerpiece of his plan — to expand preschool to more low-income four-year-olds — is just plain common sense. Studies demonstrate that kids who attend high-quality preschool achieve higher test scores, are less likely to go to jail and are more likely to secure good jobs with higher wages. Low-income kids of color, who are the least likely to have access to great preschools, benefit the most.
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