Bond wants to expand early childhood education

Friday, January 9, 2009 | 10:32 a.m. CST

MARYLAND HEIGHTS — Sen. Kit Bond will seek a massive expansion in early childhood education services for families nationwide before retiring from the U.S. Senate.

The Missouri Republican said Friday he'll reintroduce the Education Begins at Home Act. He will seek $500 million in federal money over three years for better early education opportunities for the young children of 2.7 million families.

Bond hopes to expand the Parents as Teachers program. He spoke during a visit to the Parents as Teachers headquarters in suburban St. Louis.

Bond announced Thursday he will not run again in 2010 after serving in public office for nearly 40 years.

The Parents as Teachers program began in Missouri when Bond was governor in the 1980s, and he helped push its expansion nationally.


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Ayn Rand January 9, 2009 | 11:34 a.m.

How many times is he going to reintroduce this bill?

We need fewer government programs, not more.

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Charles Dudley Jr January 9, 2009 | 11:51 a.m.

>>> We need fewer government programs, not more. <<<

And what would you propose that will actually work to make up for the lack of education in the homes of our society today?

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Ayn Rand January 9, 2009 | 12:11 p.m.

Parents taking responsibility for the children they choose to have -- something you've advocated many times. Responsible parents shouldn't be forced to pay more taxes to make up for the shortcomings of others.

We don't need multiple government programs for every possible character flaw.

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