Advocates for Early Childhood Education

By Annie Papero

What if every child entered kindergarten ready to learn? What a difference it would make to school leaders, families, and our society if all children received high-quality care during their first three years of life. Evidence continues to grow that school success begins at birth. Our children will never achieve at their highest levels until we change our attitudes -- and commit money and resources -- to reflect the importance of the first three years of life.

As education leaders, we need to be aware of the established links between very early childhood experiences and later achievement. School leaders -- who shoulder the responsibility of raising achievement -- are in an extraordinary position to advocate for high-quality care for infants and toddlers. They can make a strong argument that early childhood education is a crucial part of any plan for student achievement and success.

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