Opinion: Child advocacy effort started

I’m writing in support of Let’s Grow Kids, the new public awarenesscampaign that launched on April 25 with a goal of raising awareness about theimportance of the earliest years in the lives of our children.
With 70 percent of Vermont families with children under the age of six in childcare, the need for high-quality programs is greater than ever before.Vermont’s early childcare system is not meeting this need, and that’s aserious problem. Childcare in Vermont is unaffordable for many, andinconsistent in quality. And yet, a quality early experience is essential topreparing a child for future success.
Eighty percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years oflife, forming a foundation for future skill building, emotional development,and learning. The kinds of relationships and learning experiences childrenhave during this time directly affect brain development. It is in our bestinterest to ensure all children have quality early care and learningexperiences. Without it, the cost to society is too great.
Please visit www.letsgrowkids.com to find more information and sign thepledge to help raise awareness around this important issue.
Amethyst Peaslee

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