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To ensure the future progress of our students, there is a need for preschool programs, plus mandatory all-day kindergarten at every school in Indiana.

Having taught preschool programs, kindergarten and first grade for 46 years, I can assure you of the tremendous benefits derived from early learning programs.

First, the social, emotional, mental and physical development of the child is extremely important. There should be a focus on character development and the joy of learning promoted. Also, respecting and loving one another is an important lesson.

Next comes the focus on academics — promoting a desire to achieve in a loving, respectful atmosphere, with less focus on tests.

Because we live in a democracy, young children need to learn how to get along and socialize with others as they pursue their education. There is no need for online preschool or kindergarten — just mandatory all-day kindergarten.

Grace Turner, Gary

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.