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From a voice of hard-won experience, a simple argument for early childhood education


October 18, 2017
PennLive

Some things seem so obvious that it’s a wonder that they’re even a matter of debate.

We know, instinctively, for instance, that if a child is given the tools to succeed early on in life that they are more likely to stay in school, stay out of trouble and go on to become an active and contributing member of society.

And that investment begins before a child even sets foot in the classroom through access to quality and widely accessible early childhood education programs.

Yet, as a recent report by the advocacy group Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children reminds, Pennsylvania lags behind many of its neighboring states when it comes to taxpayer support for these critical programs.