One way is through improving the quality of child care through the early care and education workforce. “A colleague once said to me, ‘we don’t start building a pipeline at mile 5, we start at 0’,” says Stephanie Berglund, the CEO of thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource & Referral Network. “The same can be said for our children; we should be investing more starting at birth and earlier in their care and education.”
It is during a child’s youngest years, from birth to 3 years old, when what and how children are learning can shape their future. Increasingly, studies are showing when young children experience positive early care and education at home or in child care, they are more ready for school, have higher wages when they get jobs, are healthier and stay out of jail. These benefits not only impact individuals, they help reduce the costs we all pay for things like juvenile justice programs and health care.
There is a link between early learning and quality child care because of today’s economy and more working families than fifty years ago. [Read More... ]