Letter to the editor: Early childhood education should be a priority

I am a local elementary school teacher, so I see both the daily and long-term effects that a happy, healthy education environment can have on a child. As we enter this season of thankfulness, I would like to give thanks to elected officials like Governor-elect Brad Little who see investing in child care and early childhood education as a priority.

As a volunteer with the Save the Children Action Network, I know how these investments can generate positive, long-term effects for children. A child’s brain is almost completely developed by age five, which is a critical window for academic development and overall well-being. By enrolling children in high-quality learning programs at an early age, we can ensure they will get a strong start and learn at the same level as their peers.

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