Early child care as economic development

Monday, February 19, 2007

Beginning in the late 1990's, a number of Southern states -- North Carolina and Georgia, notably -- began to focus on early childcare as a form of economic development. The rationale for this policy emerged from the rapid developments in brain science. Research showed that early brain development plays a pivotal role in later intellectual (and, hence, economic)performance.

In the years since, the evidence has been accumulating. A few years ago, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis show be impressive returns of investing in early childcare. Read more.

More recently, business leaders at the prestigious Committee for Economic Development have placed early child care in the center of their economic development agenda. Read more.

Now, business leaders in South Dakota are taking funds set aside for recruiting businesses and investing these monies into early childcare. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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