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Invest in early childhood education!!! Future is in your hands!!

Community collaboration to invest in early childhood education by providing scholarships for families to able to enroll their children at high quality city accredited centers, provide grants to provide trainings for the early childhood teachers, grants for centers to purchase high quality teaching materials etc.

Response: Operating budget recommendations spare child tuition assistance from a potential 3% spending cut. A supplemental budget request seeks funding to ameliorate fees charged to families that use accredited family child care providers.

Submitted by Community Member 11 months ago

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  1. Should be a public/priovate fund to encourage investment by groups other than the city

    11 months ago
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  2. Include access to quality childcare and education and wrap around services including parent education/support, early intervention and mental health/behavioral health and primary health care services.

    11 months ago
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    1. Also, I suggest that the city explore a 12 month program, five days a week. Currently, as I understand it, most programs are half day, four days a week. Most research indicates a full time program works very well. Also, it enables parents to pursue a full time professional career, should they choose.

      10 months ago
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  3. How does this fit with MMSD's pre-K program?

    11 months ago
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    1. Currently abouit half of MMSD's 4K program is subcontracted to hig hquality accredited child care centers and preschools in the city. The City's longterm investment in high quality early childhood and after school programs provided a whole framework for doing 4K well in the community .

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  4. Should continue to be a high priority for the city to support high quality early childhood care and education. Excellent idea to encourage private funders as well.

    11 months ago
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  5. Pre-school (prior to age four) education is one of our most important needs. High quality early childhood care is the key. Not all daycare is equal, and only the best should be subsidized. Higher standards are needed so that all children receive the best care. It's cost effective to prevent problems in advance with raising all children to be caring adults.

    11 months ago
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  6. I think its important to support early childhood education by providing high quality childcare centers that have well educated and experienced staff who can bring curriculum, classroom practices and teaching strategies to support and promote positive child development and learning.

    11 months ago
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  7. Cities like Oak Park IL, Providence RI, Seattle, Boston, and others have models we should look at - see http://www.nlc.org/find-city-solutions/institute-for-youth-education-and-families/early-childhood/new-case-studies-on-educational-alignment-for-young-children for more information.

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  8. Early childhood education is one of the best, most cost-effective ways to improve the community and reduce racial achievement gaps--a critical need given that Madison has one of the worst racial achievement gaps in the country. This is something that should be done in partnership with suburban communities and with the business sector as part of a regional partnership to advance the Madison area.

    11 months ago
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  9. Because of the sequestration, local Head Start programs have taken a hit. The one at Bayview is closing after 35 years as a model program for low income folks, and especially for English language learned and families. Help to restore some of this, please. If not, these kids will need so much more down the line when it's too late.

    10 months ago
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