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Pre-to-3: Spreading awareness of early-childhood education — with Elmo’s help

Jun 11, 2018 by

Elmo from Sesame Street.gifUsing Sesame Street’s educational materials, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce hopes to start a movement in the bi-state region.

“Quality early-childhood education is a long-term powerful, economic development tool,” chamber CEO Joe Reardon wrote in an op-ed appearing last month in the Kansas City Business Journal. “It’s an investment in our future workforce. If we’re going to create or grow our businesses, we’ve got to care.  If we don’t grow our own talent, it’s at our peril.”

Watching the growth of other state pre-K programs across the country, Miles Sandler, the director of engagement in education for the foundation’s public affairs office, added in the interview that initiatives tend to start locally before spreading more broadly. i

“If a locality or region can figure out how to make it work,” it can be replicated, she said. “We are in the midst of trying figure out.”

Source: Pre-to-3: Spreading awareness of early-childhood education — with Elmo’s help | Education Dive

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