Wednesday, March 16, 2011
"The best way to improve the American workforce in the 21st century is to invest in early childhood education, to ensure that even the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed along side their more advantaged peers"
~ James Heckman (Nobel Laureate in Economics)
"Early education is most certainly the next wave of educational reform...the U.S. is simply playing catch up with the rest of the industrialized world."
~Dr. Donna Shalala ( Former Secretary of Health and Human Services)
"Effective preschool raises achievement levels for all children, and it offers real hope for closing the school-readiness gap."
~ Jack O'Connell (CA State Superintendent of Education)
"Ensuring that children have positive experiences prior to entering school is likely to lead to better outcomes than remediation programs at a later age, and significant up-front costs can generate a strong return on investment."
~ Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
"Children who participate in (high-quality Early Childhood Education) programs are more likely to have the necessary skills-such as abstract reasoning, problem solving and communication-to meet the demands of tomorrows workforce."
~Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America