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How can every child have the opportunity to succeed?

May 22, 2015
AccessAssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Madeleine Bayard, Mary Kate Mouser, Paul Harrell and Nick Marsini
Delaware Online

Recently, more than 150 business, community and philanthropic leaders, parents, early childhood professionals and policymakers gathered in Dover for Early Learning Advocacy Day… 

Providing high-quality early-learning opportunities that help each child realize his or her potential and succeed in school and life may be one of the few topics everyone can agree on in a time of restricted resources and competing priorities for state investment…

We can take pride in the headway we have made for our state’s young children and their families, and still recognize that more is needed. Over 40 percent of Delaware children, birth to 5 years old, are from low-income families and are at risk to the achievement gap, which appears as early as 9 months old. Only 38 percent of Delaware’s children are reading proficient at the end of fourth grade, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress.