Two case studies in early education
Vicente Sanchez and John Lara are two men with strikingly similar backgrounds who ended up leading vastly different lives.
Each man points to a defining feature in his unfolding destiny: Early education — either its presence or absence.
Both now 41, they grew up in derelict housing projects in San Antonio, sons of single mothers who had little in the way of education, personal resources or job prospects.
But Sanchez, enrolled as a toddler in a local program that provided family support and placed him in an early childhood classroom, went on to thrive. Now in graduate school, he’s on track to excel even more in a career he loves.