Early Education Investments: Economic Importance and Policy Implementation

Source: Progressive States Network, Stateside Dispatch, May 4, 2009

With record numbers of parents in the workforce, helping parents with child care has become critical for long-term economic growth, strengthening families, and creating equality for women. As the child care and early education needs of families continue to increase dramatically, the cost or unavailability of high-quality child care and early education programs often place parents in an impossible position — they need to work but they also need to know that their kids are taken care of in order to work.

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