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LETTER: Why is it bad for 3- or 4-year-olds not to be in school?

As I read your Monday article “Nevada still tough place for kids,” I was surprised that Nevada was ranked based on how many 3- or 4-year-old children were not in school. I was under the assumption that school began with kindergarten, which is age 5.

I wonder if the study analyzed where these young children were? Perhaps they are being cared for by their parents, grandparents or extended family, which I assume would be a preferable arrangement for children this young. They will have plenty of time to acclimate to the external world from the age of 5 on.

Considering the fact our schools are rated so poorly, who would want to send their children to our schools any sooner than mandated?

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