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The time is now to expand NM Pre-K

To the editor, The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership recently spent the day in Gallup. The day included a visit to Rehoboth Early Childhood Center and a lunch and community conversation at the Gallup Community Service Center.

The partnership is focusing on a multi-year initiative to expand the state-funded, voluntary state pre-K program to every 3- and 4-year-old who wants it. According to Kids Count, 45.5 percent of McKinley County’s children, ages 0-5, live in poverty. Only 49.6 percent of McKinley County’s 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in pre-K. For some children, this means that they are entering kindergarten so far behind that they will never catch up.

The time is now to expand NM PreK NM PreK provides choices for parents and distributes pre-K resources equally between public and private sectors. We know that parents want the best for their children, and by giving them choices, they make the best decisions for their family.

Quality is an important hallmark of NM PreK. The National Institute for Early Education Research evaluated NM PreK, using a set of 10 regulatory benchmarks. Based on kindergarten entry assessment scores, institute evaluators concluded that NM PreK produced significant impacts in language, literacy and mathematics.

Children who attend a high-quality program earn higher marks in school are less likely to repeat a grade and are more likely to graduate high school and attend college. They go on to earn better salaries as adults and more likely to stay out of prison and off public assistance.

Together, we can ensure that all children receive a great start! For more information, please visit www.

nmecdp.org.

Sincerely, Claire Dudley Chavez Vice President of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement United Way of Santa Fe County Santa Fe

Ancestor prophecies and the Navajo language

To the editor, Long ago, dating back to the earliest times. The ancestors of the Navajo Indian tribe. Navajo is the largest Indian tribe in the United States. I remember my late grandfather and grandmother used to be good storytellers. They both passed many years ago. Grandfather’s prophesy tells what will happen in the future. Expressing something terribly bad, horrifying things that will be expected to happen. Our ancestors prophesied: “Someday things will go wrong in many counties throughout the world.

This will be when whole Earth had one language and one speech and if a woman leading to hold leadership role position a woman is not permit to be a leader or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence who are mentioned in the Bible and the Navajo common law. The law gave husbands control over their wives.

Today, the language most often spoken by a high majority of the Native Americans is English. Some other tribes may legally give up their status as Indian and no longer be considered Indian, they imitate trying to be like Belagaana as they called those of European descent.

Every day we hear that our language is going away, no one speaks Navajo voluntarily anymore to one another.

The Navajo Code Talkers must be remembered. They used their Navajo language to create a code to fight the enemy to win the war. This code was the first unbreakable one in U.S.

history. Be proud and appreciate what the Navajo Code Talkers have done to help save countless American lives. They were heroes and brave soldiers. Without the Navajo Code Talkers and the Navajo language, we would not even be here today.

We need to carry on our Native language. We need to talk to our children and grandchildren. They are losing their language. We need to help them. They get educated but still don’t know who they are. Be proud of speaking the Navajo language at home. How will it be in the next 20 years? After that, I don’t know. Keep the Navajo language alive.

Sincerely, Floyd Dawson Tonalea, Arizona

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