Strengthening Missouri's Economic Performance: The Far-Reaching Impact of Investments in Early Childhood Programs
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The current economic climate is challenging for the state of Missouri and its many industries and businesses. Everyone is seeking investments that will yield significant returns. One important, but frequently overlooked, economic sector is early childhood (EC) programs. Frequently referred to as “child care,” this sector includes early childhood services provided to young children (birth - kindergarten entry). EC programs employ more than 34,000 Missourians in a variety of EC settings.