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Local Law Leaders Push to Fight Crime by Educating Preschoolers

Some heavy hitters from the political and law enforcement arenas took time out to read to a classroom of preschool children Monday morning at N.B. Galloway School in Channahon.

Law enforcement leaders and state legistators took time out on Monday to read to a classroom of preschool children at N.B. Galloway Elementary School in Channahon.

They also took time to call on state lawmakers to support high-quality preschool as a critical strategy to reduce crime, lower prison costs and save taxpayers money, according to a news release from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.

"As the former police chief and now the village administrator in Channahon, I take this community's long-term safety seriously," said Channahon Village Administrator Joe Pena in the release. "Proven programs like preschool help make Channahon a safe place to grow up."

He was joined at N.B. Galloway Elementary School by Channahon police chief Jeff Wold, Elwood police chief Fred Hayes, state Senator Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, and democratice state Representative Larry Walsh Jr.

Cost deters many families in Will County from gaining access to high-quality preschool programs, according to the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids news release. The release states that more than 9,300 children in Will County in the 3-4 year-old range are not enrolled in state preschool or Head Start programs.

"Preschool cuts crime and saves money," Hayes said. "We can't turn our backs on a safe and productive future for these kids and our communities."

"The more we invest in the youngest children, the less we'll have to spend on arrest, prosecution and corrections in the future," Wold said.

anonymous April 16, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Preschoolers? I see the govt "respect authority" indoctrination is starting early-maybe they can start this crap when kids are still in the womb.
Beth Bullard April 16, 2013 at 08:41 PM
These gentleman that visited my child's, state funded, preschool class are apart of the "Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois Organization", an anit-crime organization which includes law enforcement officals who work with legislators to support programs like Early Childhood Block Grant and Early Childhood programs (Little Learners Program). I think it's great! My child came home saying how he should vote when he becomes of age and so what if a little "respect authority" may or may not have been thrown around, I don't want my child to disrespect any elder, I want them to grow up to be a responsible, law abiding, voting citizen. Thanks guys!
Becky April 16, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Spot on , Beth! Well said! Anonymous is always trying to stir it up on here- he/she must have a boring life :)
Mike H April 16, 2013 at 09:59 PM
@Becky, Anonymous is just a loser. Spent his H.S. years doing drugs and getting busted. Now he is angry with Joliet, its Police and other city workers. He blames everyone (but himself) for the fact he's a loser and has failed at life. Just ignore him. His only joy is trying to get a reaction out of normal people
anonymous April 17, 2013 at 01:52 AM
you will all kneel before your govt masters- never to question their righteous authority. worked out well in germany in the 30's I guess. if it weren't for civil disobedience everyone here would be speaking with a brit accent now
anonymous April 17, 2013 at 01:56 AM
hey pat mygroin- drive over to the nicest 'hood in the Wood and guess which on I live in-hint-it costs 25X what your doublewide does.
Kathy April 17, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Anonymous, regardless of what your home cost, you certainly have the mentality of trailer park trash. Kids SHOULD be taught to respect authority, including parents, teachers and yes, police officers. I know my kids do, and they won't be going to jail, joining a gang, or even posting anti-government crap on a simple Patch article.

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