LETTER: Sen. Murray manufactures preschool crisis to support her bill

It was disappointing to read only one viewpoint in the Peninsula Daily News’ Oct. 12 article “Murray Visits Hadlock Center.”

I made the decision to forgo preschool for my 3-year-old, and I scrimp to make it work.

Sen. Murray’s approach is wrong-headed because she:

• Relies on the mistaken belief in the universal importance of preschool.

• Claims not attending preschool is a problem.

• Assures us government will solve the problem through higher taxes.

Multiple studies — including the 2012 Head Start Impact Study by the Department of Health and Human Services, a 2015 Vanderbilt University evaluation of Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K Program and a 2015 National Bureau of Economic Research analysis of long-term effects of universal child care in Quebec — have demonstrated the benefits of preschool are few and short-lived for children from unhappy homes and generally don’t apply to children in loving, nurturing homes.

Sen. Murray’s irresponsible claim that not sending kids to preschool sets them up for failure is fearmongering.

This is a manufactured “crisis” to win support for her bill.

As a free-market mom — I cry foul.

Jessica Hogenson,

Port Ludlow