This week, Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity reporter Dustin Dwyer looked into children's first glimpse of classroom education-- preschool.
Dwyer reports that although early education can have a profound effect on the development of children, there aren't enough classes to go around. Only about half of preschool-aged children attend classes.
He found one solution in Grand Rapids Public Schools, where preschools have extended classes into the summer.
Listen to Dwyer's story, in which parents, guardians and teachers of preschoolers speak about the benefits of summertime preschool and the challenges they face providing education opportunities for their children.
-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom