Topeka — Putting more children in prekindergarten classrooms now will prevent having to build more prisons later, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
The group of police chiefs and prosecutors supports a $23 million increase in funding over two years for early childhood education programs proposed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
“We don’t want America’s most vulnerable kids becoming America’s most wanted adults,” said Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson.
Branson appeared with Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht and police chiefs of Lenexa and Topeka.
The group appeared on behalf of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a nonprofit group that advocates for increased early childhood programs.
Jeff Kirsch, vice president of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, said studies show that low-income children who receive high-quality early childhood education do better in school, are less likely to commit crimes and have a higher standard of living as adults.