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Early childhood education is the smartest investment we can make in Delaware kids

January 23, 2019 11:17 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

Delaware Community Foundation and the Fund for Women are members of Philanthropy Delaware. 

Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation; and Lynn Adams Kokjohn, chair of the Fund for Women write an opinion piece for Delaware Online.

How can we really expand opportunity for kids in Delaware?  

Plain and simple, invest in high-quality early childhood education, said Robert Putnam, author of New York Times bestseller “Our Kids.” Putnam has investigated decades of data on the factors that influence kids’ lives, in school and throughout their future.

When Putnam visited Delaware this fall for a Delaware Community Foundation event, his presentation made clear that early learning is one of the best – and highest yielding – investments a society can make. Experts equate a $4 to $9 return for every dollar spent on high-quality early learning programs for low-income children. 

And yet, in Delaware, only about 50 percent of children participate in any early care or education setting before kindergarten, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Read more here. 


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