Building a Thriving City Through Early Childhood Education

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Business leaders, researchers, and municipal officials agree: early childhood education is one of the best investments a city can make. Hear from leaders in diverse sectors about why early childhood can – and should – be something that every city official, no matter how small or large your city, champions! Research shows that positive experiences in the earliest years of a child’s life are critical to becoming a productive member of the community. Young children who participate in early educational settings develop better language skills, score higher on school-readiness tests, and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. Adults who had strong early educational experiences are more likely to be literate and enrolled in post-secondary education and are less likely to be school dropouts, dependent on welfare or arrested for criminal activity. Additionally, strong early childhood education promotes economic growth, workforce development, and racial equity. NLC is launching a nationwide campaign of city leaders who are building robust early learning systems in their communities. Come to this workshop to learn how your city can join the Early Learning Nation!





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