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Toward High Quality Early Childhood Education: An Imperative for the Regional Economy

A gap exists between the current status of child care in the U.S. and best quality child care. This gap is unfortunate, because high quality child care is associated with many short- and long-term economic benefits for both the children and society as a whole. A growing body of research indicates that high quality early childhood care and education can be one of the best economic development investments a local or state government can make.

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