It is in the earliest years that the development of the future workforce begins and where such factors as creativity, collaboration, motivation, critical thinking, entrepreneurship and related factors are fostered … or stymied. If we are to realize a strong workforce, a strong future economy, a decrease in crime, or overall better conditions for our citizens, it is imperative that early childhood education is valued and supported by businesses, governments, and other leaders.
To be successful in life and in work, today's children will need to be ready to compete on a global level for quality jobs and lifestyles. Investments in quality early childhood education will give us returns that benefit children, parents, businesses, governments, and taxpayers … returns that can be measured in terms of workforce development, economic development, community development, public safety and even national security … returns that set the right course for St. Landry Parish.
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