The Early Care and Education Initiative 4-year Action Plan Update was released on Wednesday. Centro Familia contributed aspects of its blueprint for the Initiative, in all its success. Nancy Navarro, Councilmember, co-founded it in 1998 as a non-profit that trained immigrants, so they can be licensed in child care.
Dr. Raymond Crowel, Psychologist lead the discussion on how Early Childhood Education is pivotal to the United States Workforce and specifically here in Montgomery County. Quality, early care, and education is essential to our workforce and an invaluable investment in the community. Lately, parents have been experiencing how challenging and significant a role, schools play in a child’s life and their parent(s). It is known that early education is important and Marc Elrich, County Executive, also a former 4th and 5th grade teacher, knows from his teachings how poverty, poor living conditions and un-affordable housing can impact a child’s ability to learn.
Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President of Montgomery College and Jack Smith superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are big supporters for this essential work that has increased the numbers for Pre-K for the last 4 years! This initiative shows that quality childhood education provides access and affordable options to families with children and infants. We will also see the renewed pathways for growth and development throughout the pandemic and beyond quarantines and mask.
Just wait new and ongoing resources to sustain partnerships and increase availability of high quality early childcare education will be shown!
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