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senate Bill S. 251

Should Nonprofits Get Grants to Promote Early Literacy Through Healthcare Providers?

Argument in favor

Learning to read is one of the most vital skills a child can learn, and establishing a grant program for nonprofits to work with healthcare providers to promote childhood reading is a worthy endeavor.

Laura's Opinion
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08/10/2016
As a Kindergarten teacher I see the difference early literacy can make. The children who come into kindergarten exposed to more words and have a grasp on their letter sounds advance much faster than those who weren't. Sometimes parents want to help but just don't know how. Studies show that early literacy development help students throughout their school years. These programs can help at risk kids feel invested in school and allow them to be successful.
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Alexis's Opinion
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08/10/2016
I'm on the leadership committee for the Women's Giving Circle of Cumberland County and we grant money to early childhood literacy programs. We find that statistics show children not reading on grade level by third grade tend to fall behind and stay behind. We need to support our kids from the beginning and I think this would benefit our community as a whole.
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Christine's Opinion
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08/10/2016
If you read more you find out that the healthcare facilities would allow children to take home a free book. It's not just for the waiting room. I think that literacy should be promoted any way we can. If kids don't see value in learning then they eventually become society's problem anyway. It just depends when you want to pay, before and help a few more kids get on the right track, or later when they're on welfare or in prison. You decide!
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Argument opposed

Of course reading is important to children’s intellectual and social development, but that doesn’t mean there needs to be a federal grant program for nonprofits to work with healthcare providers to promote literacy.

Loraki's Opinion
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08/10/2016
Promote early literacy through healthcare providers?! <big sigh> The federal government REALLY needs to get OUT of both EDUCATION and HEALTHCARE!! These are properly the purview of the states and local governments. The idiot social engineers have screwed up so many things, it makes me shudder at the thought! It used to be that "sex education" was rightfully left up to moral, Godfearing parents. Now, our socialist indoctrination centers, a.k.a. "public schools," are filling our children's heads with all kinds of immoral garbage. I'm wondering what the out-of-wedlock birth rate is these days, compared to, say, the 1940s and '50s. Is this bill supposed to help kids who are having babies before they're mature enough to make good parenting decisions? I'm also wondering if this bill is felt to be necessary for all of the foreigners that Obama is bringing into our country! Whatever the reason, the education of our children isn't the job of healthcare providers! Literacy is the job of parents and schools! The liberals need to quit trying to dream up more idiotic ways to spend the taxpayers' money! Especially in the form of "grants"! And for crying out loud, read the Constitution, stupid! Sometimes I think most of our legislators have never read it! I think ALL government employees ought to have to pass an exam on the Constitution before they're hired or sworn in! The ones who are ELECTED should be declared unfit for office if they can't pass such an exam! Politicians give me a headache! Especially liberals! The asylum is being run by the inmates! May God save our Republic!
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operaman's Opinion
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08/09/2016
Again, a taxpayers nightmare. First, since when is Healthcare getting involved in education? And secondly, dangling taxpayer's grant money in front of nonprofits is sure way to develop a boondoggle money pit. We already have a Dept. of Education, why Healthcare? Since Government Obamacare has worked out so well, I certainly can see how ObamaEd would be a huge success and would create a demand for more taxpayer money. This would be another Socialist's dream: healthcare and education combined. Let's start with the young children and gradually increase and extend the age limit. Yes, that's right, cradle to grave in heading our way. Wake up America, this is the wrong way to solve problems and parents are blinded by the "no cost" feature. Bernie is surely smiling-taxpayer funded education. And somewhere in these grants there is a clause allowing a student stipend with a free pencil and computer.
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NACSP's Opinion
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08/09/2016
How is making children's literature available at healthcare facilities going to improve education? Many pediatricians already do this, so it is somewhat redundant. Also, it is the role of the parent to to provide ample educational material outside of school. Requiring healthcare providers to fulfill the role of parent is irresponsible and just another way for people to become reliant on the government.
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    As a Kindergarten teacher I see the difference early literacy can make. The children who come into kindergarten exposed to more words and have a grasp on their letter sounds advance much faster than those who weren't. Sometimes parents want to help but just don't know how. Studies show that early literacy development help students throughout their school years. These programs can help at risk kids feel invested in school and allow them to be successful.
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    Promote early literacy through healthcare providers?! <big sigh> The federal government REALLY needs to get OUT of both EDUCATION and HEALTHCARE!! These are properly the purview of the states and local governments. The idiot social engineers have screwed up so many things, it makes me shudder at the thought! It used to be that "sex education" was rightfully left up to moral, Godfearing parents. Now, our socialist indoctrination centers, a.k.a. "public schools," are filling our children's heads with all kinds of immoral garbage. I'm wondering what the out-of-wedlock birth rate is these days, compared to, say, the 1940s and '50s. Is this bill supposed to help kids who are having babies before they're mature enough to make good parenting decisions? I'm also wondering if this bill is felt to be necessary for all of the foreigners that Obama is bringing into our country! Whatever the reason, the education of our children isn't the job of healthcare providers! Literacy is the job of parents and schools! The liberals need to quit trying to dream up more idiotic ways to spend the taxpayers' money! Especially in the form of "grants"! And for crying out loud, read the Constitution, stupid! Sometimes I think most of our legislators have never read it! I think ALL government employees ought to have to pass an exam on the Constitution before they're hired or sworn in! The ones who are ELECTED should be declared unfit for office if they can't pass such an exam! Politicians give me a headache! Especially liberals! The asylum is being run by the inmates! May God save our Republic!
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    Again, a taxpayers nightmare. First, since when is Healthcare getting involved in education? And secondly, dangling taxpayer's grant money in front of nonprofits is sure way to develop a boondoggle money pit. We already have a Dept. of Education, why Healthcare? Since Government Obamacare has worked out so well, I certainly can see how ObamaEd would be a huge success and would create a demand for more taxpayer money. This would be another Socialist's dream: healthcare and education combined. Let's start with the young children and gradually increase and extend the age limit. Yes, that's right, cradle to grave in heading our way. Wake up America, this is the wrong way to solve problems and parents are blinded by the "no cost" feature. Bernie is surely smiling-taxpayer funded education. And somewhere in these grants there is a clause allowing a student stipend with a free pencil and computer.
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    How is making children's literature available at healthcare facilities going to improve education? Many pediatricians already do this, so it is somewhat redundant. Also, it is the role of the parent to to provide ample educational material outside of school. Requiring healthcare providers to fulfill the role of parent is irresponsible and just another way for people to become reliant on the government.
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    I'm on the leadership committee for the Women's Giving Circle of Cumberland County and we grant money to early childhood literacy programs. We find that statistics show children not reading on grade level by third grade tend to fall behind and stay behind. We need to support our kids from the beginning and I think this would benefit our community as a whole.
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    As a parent my perspective on what it means to be a responsible parent is, if you need a federal grant program to come in and help you teach your child how to read, then maybe you need to rethink what parenting is about before you become one.
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    We need to improve the education system, not throw money at whatever has the chance to work.
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    If you read more you find out that the healthcare facilities would allow children to take home a free book. It's not just for the waiting room. I think that literacy should be promoted any way we can. If kids don't see value in learning then they eventually become society's problem anyway. It just depends when you want to pay, before and help a few more kids get on the right track, or later when they're on welfare or in prison. You decide!
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    Of course we should be providing the resources that enables for a more literate and educated public, so I support this bill on the condition that it is used to help children who otherwise would no be educated or educated to the best of their best abilities, e.g children of impoverished families, students attending inadequate public schools.
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    I'm not really sure how much more can be done to promote early literacy in this country. What I do know is that it should not be the function of the government to provide pediatric waiting rooms with Highlights and Curious George so that we feel like we're doing "eeeeeeeverything possible" to make sure no child ever gets left behind. Besides, providing paper products to be shared by toddlers in a healthcare facility seems like really, really bad policy.
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    Parents should be doing this on their own. Teaching your kids the basics is kind of the definition of parenting.
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    Today's question - If big government is so good at fixing things why are we on the verge of an economic and moral collapse?
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    This is wasteful and unnecessary. Studies show that yes, early childhood education is important. But even those who don't get it eventually converge with students who did, unless you continuously build upon it throughout the child's education. A parent's work is never done. This idea is a very expensive drop in the bucket. Let schools teach the kids, and parents support and facilitate. Healthcare providers have enough to do, and taxpayers aren't looking for extra places to give their money away. If they were, there are plenty of charities.
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    Early literacy (pre formal education) is definitely a worthy endeavor; benefits are obvious. A proposal to promote literacy through healthcare, in addition to the education path, tells me that the education road is not working. Why just not fix the issue with the education road.
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    Obamacare has put undue burdens on healthcare providers. How about eliminating the dept of education and let the states keep their money and leave education to the states where it belongs. Furthermore it is the parents' and teachers' responsibility to teach the kids to read, NOT the doctors!
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    I think what some people are not understanding is the government is only saying that schools can give money to health care providers to help improve literacy. As some one pointed out yes many healthcare provides do, but that doesn't make this bill redundant if only encourages them more to go above and beyond.
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    Yes, it is the job of parents, however, should parents not live up to that obligation, are we supposed to abandon those children? They certainly didn't ask for negligent parents. "Sorry kid, your parents are jerks, you're on your own." Is that the argument? A that the kind of country we want? Is it Christian? Would you treat your own niece that way?
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    This sounds like Headstart. Their own study shows that it doesn't help with literacy rates and math.
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    Without a government education for all pre-K children the USA is paying a high price tag. Any child who is not well-educated when they graduate high school will be a burden on our welfare system to varying degrees. But mark my words...they will need welfare services at a higher ratio than those adults who enter the workforce fully educated and prepared to be successful in a career and in society at large. We must get much more creative in finding and teaching all pre-K children. We also need to continuously improve education so that no child falls through the cracks and graduates virtually illiterate.
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    Stop spending money. These "non-profits" tend to take a lot off the top, and then "do good." If this is a concern, let local areas deal with it. Not every problem is a national crisis. And education is a state concern.
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