Bearing the Roundtable’s message that “Education = Opportunity,” Roundtable President, Lisa Ventriss recently spoke with WCAX’s Keith McGilvery regarding the importance of early childhood education and how teacher quality impacts it.
Archive for the ‘Early Childhood Investments’ Category
by Mary Barrosse Schwartz, Executive Director, Pre-K VT
Research on the Effects of High Quality Early Education on At-Risk Children and from Middle Income Backgrounds
Three U.S. longitudinal studies show long and short-term positive effect for children. These programs were of varying intensity and served mainly at-risk children. These studies include the Abecedarian study in North Carolina, Perry High Scope in Michigan, and the Chicago Child-Parent Center in Illinois. All show consistent benefits that persist for many years following the program. (more…)
Nationally, states compete against each other to lure large employers with elaborate incentive packages. As important as these public investments are for those states, the Roundtable recognizes that Vermont cannot compete with them in supplying an array of expensive economic incentives for targeted business recruitment. However, we can certainly become a business relocation destination for all types of business and industry by building on an existing asset, and creating one of the best preK through higher education systems in the country. Businesses’ first need is a well-prepared and adaptable workforce so, by investing aggressively in our human capital beginning with our youngest children, Vermont can create a positive environment to attract new business and their workers at the same time that we bolster our existing businesses and ultimately create the workforce we need. (more…)