A child’s ability to learn, grow and succeed in school requires access to high-quality care and education. This Action Kit describes how municipal leaders can support parents and promote early childhood success – from ensuring child health and safety to expanding access to care. In addition, this report illustrates the long-term benefits to cities and towns when the needs of young children and their families are a community priority. 

December 4, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How municipal leaders can develop strategies to help more children enter school ready to learn.

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    How municipal leaders can promote child health and safety through public outreach and education campaigns.

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    How municipal leaders can ensure that child care settings provide high-quality developmental programs.

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    Why strengthening families means providing parents access to information and tools.

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    Examples of municipalities that support early childhood programs.

Key Takeaway

Early Childhood Success Pays Off

Efforts that promote the healthy development of young children pay big dividends for cities and towns. Positive experiences between birth and school entry boost a child’s future prospects keeping them off the public welfare roles. Also, strong early childhood programs support working parents and attract better workers to the community. 

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