The Herald News: Law enforcement: Early childhood education key in crime prevention

PLAINFIELD — Early education funding cuts now will cost more in crime down the line, law enforcement leaders said Monday.

“We're not going to be able to arrest our way out of these problems later on,” Shorewood Police Chief Aaron Klima said. “If we don't start early, we're just headed for more trouble.”

Klima joined state lawmakers, school officials and members of anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest In Kids Illinois at the Bonnie McBeth Learning Center in Plainfield to push for state funding increases for preschool programs...

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Plainfield, along with State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, said they plan to fight for increased early childhood education funding in next year's budget, though they noted some sacrifices will be necessary...

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