By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
The first five years of life basically determine our path in life. It can't be overstated how important those years are to brain development.
How sad it is to learn this week that only one of every four children in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are prepared for kindergarten. It is a rough commentary on plenty of missing links in the first five years of life of our children.
More than 100 school districts are involved in this data. Next year we will have information from all 174 school districts so there is hope that the nearly 55,000 kindergartners who enroll in public schools in Kentucky each year will be better prepared than the current numbers indicate.
Clearly, we need to parent better… starting with reading to babies daily!
If children aren't ready for kindergarten they likely won't be reading at grade level by third grade and after that will be battling from behind their entire school career, one that often results in dropping out of high school or stopping schooling after high school.
In allocating limited funding resources, first priority needs to be focused on pre-school children. Community commitment to improving kindergarten readiness is as important as any initiative we can back to insure the future of our community is better than the present.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:05 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:05:26 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Chinese-born Canadian citizen is being held for stalking the family of Academy Award-winning actress and Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence. The Indian Hills Police DepartmentMore >>
The Indian Hills Police Department said Han Cong Zhao contacted the brother of Jennifer Lawrence more than 200 times and left a threatening voice mail message.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:27 PM EDT2013-05-23 02:27:06 GMT
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana caretaker is accused of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old boy. On Wednesday, Megan Ralston, 27, appeared in a Clark County courtroom to answer to the chargesMore >>
On Wednesday, Megan Ralston, 27, appeared in a Clark County courtroom to answer to charges of sexual misconduct with a minor.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:25 GMT
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – One person is dead after being hit by a train in Hardin County. According to the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise, emergency crews were called to the area near Cox Street andMore >>
The incident was reported by CSX at 11:16 p.m. near Cox Street and Main Street.More >>