OPINION M26-214: I'm proof that early childhood pays dividends for communities

Keith Wilson is CEI of Titan Freight Systems

As a father, basketball coach and business leader, one of the points I stress is that you have to start strong to finish strong. That's why the current status quo for early childhood education in our community is unacceptable.

There is a scarcity of preschool options, and existing programs are often too expensive for the average family. Children from low-income families consistently fall behind, talented teachers are forced to leave the field due to low pay, and parents are forced to make impossible choices between setting their children up for lifelong success or putting food on the table.