State Funding for High-Quality Early Childhood Education for Low Income Children Print E-mail


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BE IT RESOLVED THAT: (Print or attach your resolution here. Be concise. Use everyday language.)

State government prioritize funding of high-quality early education for low-income children age 0 to 5 because without these programs they are most likely to be unprepared for school and to continue to fall academically behind.    


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Whereas: Research has shown that 80 percent of brain development is complete by age 3 and that learning gaps start appearing at age 1 for those children who do not have high-quality learning experiences.


Whereas: Besides being the right thing to do, this makes economic sense. Economists have demonstrated that for every $1 invested to help low-income children access quality early education programs, taxpayers save up to $16 that would otherwise in future years be spent on special education, social services, health care, law enforcement, and prisons.


Whereas: Spending money for high-quality education for our very youngest citizens goes a long way toward preparing children for kindergarten, closing the achievement gap, eliminating poverty, and ensuring a healthy economic future for Minnesota. 



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