Factsheet | February 15, 2019

High-Quality Early Childhood Education is Key for a Strong Arkansas

Quality child care and preschool can help grow the economy, increase public safety, enhance national security, and strengthen Arkansas families

Research shows that experiences children have in their earliest years, during a period of critical brain growth, set the foundation for future development. Along with warm, nurturing parenting, high-quality early childhood education–child care and preschool–are important for ensuring that Arkansas’ at-risk children get the best start possible.

Children’s early experiences have consequences for our state and our nation.

These briefs focus on how children’s early experiences also have implications for our national security, public safety, the future workforce, and the strength of Arkansas families. Those concerned with the future strength of our state must invest now in quality early childhood programs.


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