The article about early-childhood programs in Massachusetts (“Freeze on state aid leaves parents longing, preschool seats empty,” Page A1, March 4) makes me wonder how these programs get funded and whether they actually work. I support such programs as long as they can be reasonably funded, since it can’t hurt to expose children to such organized activities. And at least the programs provide child care, albeit at a cost.
However, the idea that the federal government should fund such programs is a nonstarter. The United States borrows about 40 cents of every dollar spent. If this keeps up, we’ll have to put more money into repaying debt than to providing services.