We have said this before, but it bears repeating: Investing in early childhood development and education pays off for our society. We spend big dollars on remediating problems when kids are in high school, but very little when children's brains are growing and absorbing the most: ages 0 - 6.
Here is a thoughtful commentary from Sally Green, chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, that was published January 29 in the Richmond Times Dispatch.
In it, she reiterates the numerous studies that show that it pays to invest in our youngest children's growth and development. Our local Smart Beginnings initiative has been working with local public, nonprofit and business partners to create a comprehensive and cohesive working strategy to ensure that our children enter school ready to learn.
Our School Readiness focus centers on partnerships, our own direct services and grants to local programs that further the goal of ensuring that kids enter school healthy and arrive at school prepared to succeed.
Read, learn and help us advocate for our youngest children's success in life.
Posted by: Kim Connolly
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