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Every dollar invested in early childhood education produces a 10% per annum return on investment.
Participants in high quality early childhood programs have increased median earnings by as much as 36%, pay more taxes and depend less on welfare.
Enriched early childhood programs appear to reduce future crime, and in the long run, they are the least-cost, most effective way to reduce crime.
High quality early childhood programs improve nutrition and health.
High quality early childhood programs increase graduation rates by as much as 44%;  NC’s graduation rate was 65% before Smart Start; now 77.7% .
In the first few years of life, 700 new neural connections are formed every second.
Research shows that the learning and development that occur in a child’s earliest years have a strong impact on later outcomes, including the mastery of skills a productive worker needs.
Early education programs make it possible for 380,000 North Carolinian parents to work.
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Jennifer Smith, O.D.
Mitchell County
"Working with young children and their families to identify and correct vision conditions that can interfere with a child’s success…"
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Tommy James
Yancey County
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Reducing crime in our county is a top priority…..
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Asheville Chief of Police
Buncombe County
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Vice President Brunswick Community College
Brunswick County
As I engage with employers, the conversation normally centers on the criteria of a qualified workforce….
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Medical Director, Mission Children's Hospital
Buncombe County
As a pediatrician working with children all day. . .
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