All parents of children from babes to kindergarten age should take heed of the story of Carmen Ponce ("A Mother Discovers the System Doesn't Work for Runaways," Nov. 15).
As a kindergarten teacher (now retired) in the East District of Los Angeles School system, I saw children with faces that revealed friendly love, but I saw more with fears, anxieties, hates, rebellion. Almost with certainty I could predict the dropouts, the runaways. An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of improbable cure.
So, parents, look early to your child's needs. If you planted a flower bed, you wouldn't wait months before you nurtured it, would you?