We must try

May 4, 2013 in Featured Question of the Week, Pre-K Funding Cuts, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Carol Richardson

Yes, I do believe that this is a call to faith communities to step forward and provide for the least of these, our children. It is the right thing to do. This is what the heart says. The head, however, responds, “How?” There is the issue of funding, the dilemma of a faith community accepting government funds, meeting codes and regulations, assigning children, transportation costs etc.

The obstacles are monumental. Yes, the head says, “how” but the heart says that we in the faith community could surely find a way if all of God’s people allow our hearts AND minds to lead. We have faced impossible tasks before and have been reminded time and time again in scripture that “with God all things are possible.”

By joining together, perhaps, we could find a way to, at least, be part of the solution. For instance, many of our faith communities have the space, many already operate pre-Ks and have passed the numerous regulations required to operate an educational center and could possibly find a way to expand enrollment in order to enable a certain percentage of our city’s pre-Ks to join those already enrolled.

Perhaps, several faith communities could join together to provide for, at least, one pre-K class. The question of “how” remains but the heart says, “for the sake of the children, we must try.”