SDG Targets 4.1,4.2, 4.3 & Target Action Plan #5
5. Provide Publicly Financed, Pre-K Through a College Education & Vocational Training for Life
(Updated May 18, 2016)
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This plan outlines Individual Actions to Provide Publicly Financed, Pre-K Through a College Education and Vocational Training for Life. Provide Meaningful, publicly financed, high-quality Pre-K through college education and vocational training for all for life.
PUBLIC SERVANTS WORKING WITH THE PEOPLE AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHALL IN THE MOST HUMANE, EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT WAYS POSSIBLE:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The objectives of this plan include:
5.4.1 As soon as possible provide publicly financed, universal high-quality child care with educational opportunities child care - pre-kindergarten programs that ensure all children have access to a high-quality full-day, full-calendar-year pre-kindergarten education. Research shows the positive impact of high-quality care on child development and school readiness -- a one dollar investment in high-quality child care can result in a seven dollar reduction in public funds in remedial education, welfare, prison, and health care systems over the life of low-income children receiving care. Research also shows that 80% of a child's brain development occurs in the first three years. Without high-quality caring, responsive teachers and caregivers, we will forever loose this opportunity for our next generation to reach their potential. Also, high quality child care provides jobs and acts as an economic support for the US economy by providing peace of mind for parents when they go to work.
5.4.2 Rescind certain features of "No Child Left Behind" including emphasis on test results, necessity to "teach to the test" and punitive measures based on low test scores
5.4.3 Use encouragement, part-time jobs to decrease/eliminate school drop outs and suspensions.
5.4.4 Create broader vocational education opportunities in high school for everyone and in particular for students who do not intend to go to college.
5.4.5 Track students after their graduation to obtain feedback for schools.
5.4.6 Students who do not master grade level reading, writing and arithmetic should receive special attention and encouragement.
5.4.7 Encourage parents to be involved in their children’s schools and education, attend parent-teacher conferences, PTA meetings, etc.