Don’t rob early childhood grants to pay for reading initiative

Shannon Cotsoradis, president and chief executive officer of Kansas Action for Children, said that it “defies logic” for Gov. Sam Brownback to want cut $9.2 million from early childhood block grants to help pay for his new “Reads to Succeed” initiative. “We support investments in literacy,” she told the Lawrence Journal-World, “but it doesn’t make sense at the expense of early intervention.” The roots of reading begin in early childhood, and if children don’t start school ready to learn, it is difficult for them to catch up.