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Preschool, Early Learning and Literacy

Friday, February 15th, 2013

In his State of the Union address this week, President Obama “propose[d] working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America.”  He said, “Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own. So let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.”

Jonah Edelman, years ago a founder of LEAP in New Haven, then wrote a USA Today opinion article arguing for universal pre-school.

This spring in Hamden, CT, a March 28 Literacy Forum on Early Learning will bring together speakers including Myra Jones-Taylor, Early Childhood Planning Director for Connecticut, as well as policy expert Cyd Oppenheimer and educator Sandra Malmquist.  Moderating the panel will be Curtis Hill of Concepts for Adaptive Learning, which will be offering “Digital Literacy for Early Learners” – a series of workshops, as “a primer for parents.”

For more information about the March 28 Literacy Forum – for which there is no charge, but limited seating – and to RSVP, please contact:

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