Beshear Unveils Early Childhood Development Task Force Report

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has unveiled final recommendations from his Task Force on Early Childhood Development and Education.

Beshear says the seeds of intellect are planted very early in children – earlier than elementary school or even kindergarten.

“People learn most rapidly during the first three years or so of their lives. That is not just development theory. That is biological fact,” he says.

Therefore, Beshear says Kentucky must do everything possible to prepare children for a better start in life.

“Mentally and physically, they must be ready for the education process stretching in front of them,” he says. “That has been the fundamental goal of this task force.”

Recommendations from the Early Childhood Development and Education Task Force include adoption of a school readiness definition, promotion of a model curriculum framework for pre-schoolers and incentives for participating in pre-school programs. None of the eight proposals require legislative action.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.