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The overwhelming evidence shows that high-quality child care offers wide-ranging short- and long-term benefits for children socially, emotionally, and academically, while low-quality care can be harmful to a child’s development. High-quality early learning and care programs begin at birth in a safe, language rich environment with age-appropriate curricula and stimulating materials, incorporate health and nutrition, and have low teacher-to-child ratios with highly qualified teachers.

This document provides an overview of the essential, but costly elements of quality in early learning, and why we should place such a premium on supporting efforts to ensure more families have access to these opportunities.



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