State Senator Mark Leno, District Attorney George Gascón, Chief of Police Greg Suhr, and First 5 San Francisco Executive Director Laurel Kloomok visited the Salvation Army Harbor House Child Development Center this past Wednesday to see firsthand the positive effects of  high-quality preschool programs.

 

The Senator was briefed by Gascón, Suhr, and Kloomok on the preventative benefits of early education. “The research confirms what we know from experience,” said Chief Suhr. “If we invest in the early care and education of at-risk youth, the more likely we are to reduce felony arrests and incarceration rates among adults in the future.”

 

The leaders agreed to encourage other law enforcement officials across the state to similarly advocate for investments in high-quality early education and to insure locally that San Francisco continues and builds upon its pioneering and successful Preschool for All initiative.

 

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High-quality preschool programs, such as Harbor House and others in the Preschool for All network, are helping to close the academic achievement gap, which is already apparent by kindergarten. By accelerating children’s academic and social development by months, PFA is setting children on a better path to thrive.

 

We thank the Senator, Chief of Police, District Attorney; staff and teachers at the Harbor House and the staff of  Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California for their willingness to facilitate this conversation.

 

We look forward to continuing our shared goal of providing universal high-quality preschool.

 

Media Coverage

防犯罪 從學前教育做起, World Journal (世界日報)

警檢官員:滅罪從學前做起, Sing Tao Daily (星島日報)