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Quality Early Childhood Education Can Change Everything

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It would be hard to identify an issue that could have a greater impact on Delaware than high quality early childhood education. In this op-ed, from the January 22 News Journal, Lynn Kokjohn, (Chair of DCF’s Fund for Women) and I talk about why this matters.


How can we really expand opportunity for kids in Delaware?

Plain and simple, invest in high-quality early childhood education, said Robert Putnam, author of New York Times bestseller “Our Kids.”

Putnam has investigated decades of data on the factors that influence kids’ lives, in school and throughout their future.

When Putnam visited Delaware this fall for a Delaware Community Foundation event, his presentation made clear that early learning is one of the best – and highest yielding – investments a society can make. Experts equate a $4 to $9 return for every dollar spent on high-quality early learning programs for low-income children.


You can read the rest here.