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Start With Early Childhood


The vision

Every child in Connecticut will have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate, “anytime; anywhere” educational options in order to provide a strong foundation for formal learning.

Why is this important?

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Early childhood education provides an essential foundation for success in school. Investment in preschool is one of the most effective reform policies. Positive economic, education and social returns are well documented. Universal access is superior to targeted enrollment, as it reaches needy children from all walks of life. Early exposure to language lays the foundation for literacy and opportunities for complex play helps to develop social, mental, and physical abilities, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In too many cases, the cost of preschool is a barrier and creates an achievement gap before elementary school even begins. Universal access to preschool, regardless of family socio-economic status, can give every child a strong start.

 


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3   https://www.naeyc.org/policy/excellence

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