The number of under-resourced students will continue to grow, according to Census predictions, and will require more resources at third grade level and beyond.

“Resources” translates into money and gifted teachers. The Abecedarian Study completed in North Carolina tells us that when we use resources during the first five years of a child’s life — when 90 percent of a child’s brain growth happens — there is a $7 return to the community for every $1 spent. That means more taxpayers, homeowners, college graduates and employed parents with children who are no longer under-resourced.

The message from Dr. James Heckman, Nobel laureate, is pay now or pay later. Invest in early childhood education in great schools.

Carol Keintz

Early Education Consultant

North Reeve Road

Saint Helena Island