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Early Childhood Education

Ensure sufficient early childhood development and education programs to meet the demand and align all efforts around a high-quality model that produces measurable child outcomes:

  • Birth to 3 years of age:
    • Scale-up and integrate, for the region’s most needy children and families, evidence-based early childhood programs for a continuum of care, including but not limited to, home visitation programs;
    • Combine education/job training programs for adults with childcare and pre-school for kids (equal eligibility requirements, same site and hours availability, common transportation options, etc.);
    • Increase state funding for childcare subsidies or pilot regional strategies to fund such services;
    • Fund expanded college-training and professional development opportunities for early child care workers, building on Regional Early Childhood Coordinating Committee efforts.
  • 3-4 years of age:
    • Create universal Pre-K for children ages 3-4.
  • 5+ years of age:
    • Change Missouri compulsory school attendance age from 7 years old to 5 years old;
    • Create an effective and efficient collaborative model between school district’s early childhood programs and community based programs.

Models:Parents As Teachers, Oklahoma Universal Pre-K; North Carolina work in licensing centers and professional support for providers through a regional system known as TEACH; Missouri Coordinating Board for Early Childhood Pre-K Panel


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