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August 2007

Why Prison Instead of Preschool?

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(8):809-810. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.8.809

Almost 10 years ago, I helped start an alternative school in Washington, DC, called the Maya Angelou Public Charter School (http://www.seeforever.org). We have had great success with students who had academic difficulty in previous schools, including many who had dropped out or been incarcerated. Many Maya graduates themselves have young children, and like most parents, they want a better life for their kids. For many, this means finding good early-childhood education programs. Tragically, however, in DC and around the country, there is a chronic shortage of quality options. All too often, our graduates are told, “We have no space for your child.”

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