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.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:42 AM EST2013-12-04 05:42:35 GMT
MADISON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A mother is facing charges after she allegedly left her children in a bedroom with drugs and a corpse. According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officersMore >>
According to Richmond police, around 8:30 a.m. on November 30 officers responded to a home in Dixie Plaza on a report a 24-year-old man had overdosed.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 10:27 PM EST2013-12-04 03:27:43 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville teenager has been identified as the person killed when a UPS truck was hit by a car Monday night.The Jefferson County Coroner's Office says Kendall Doub, 19, was pronouncedMore >>
Police said the 19-year-old was a passenger in a Chevrolet Impala that ran a stop sign and slammed into the UPS truck at 10:49 p.m. Monday.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 4:55 AM EST2013-12-04 09:55:13 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Police are investigating after two men were shot near Poplar Level Road. According to MetroSafe, the shooting happened at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday in the 4900 block of Quail Hollow Road. MetroSafe saidMore >>
According to MetroSafe, the shooting happened at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday in the 4900 block of Quail Hollow Road.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:55 AM EST2013-12-04 05:55:41 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A University of Louisville women's basketball player was taken to a hospital after she collapsed during a game against Missouri State Tuesday evening. Guard Antonita Slaughter,More >>
Guard Antonita Slaughter, who started for the Cards in the game against the Lady Bears, fell during the first half.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:54 AM EST2013-12-04 16:54:11 GMT
Their arrest reports indicate they robbed fast food restaurants at locations from Clifton Heights to Standiford and many areas in between.More >>
Their arrest reports indicate they robbed fast food restaurants at locations from Clifton Heights in north east Louisville to Standiford, near the airport in south Louisville and many areas in between.More >>