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Neighboring states see economic value in early childhood education

As the push for economic stimulus has states contemplating economic development in new and different ways, Wisconsin may find it helpful to note the unconventional efforts of its neighbors. Minnesota and Illinois have positioned themselves to reap potential long-term economic benefits from high quality early childhood care and education. Interestingly, business leaders in those states joined with advocates for children to raise the visibility of the issue and to make the policy link with economic development. For Wisconsin policy and business leaders looking for new tools to grow our economy and effectively educate the future workforce, the experiences of Illinois and Minnesota may be instructive.

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