The best investment for Kentucky’s future is early childhood education

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman was in Lexington Monday afternoon stressing the importance of early childhood education on Kentucky’s future.

She toured The Nest early childhood education center to learn more about programs and to read to the kids. The state has been using federal funds to try to expand access to pre-K and other early childhood programs across the state. Coleman says COVID-19 taught everyone how important childcare and early childhood education is not only to families but also to long-term economic growth.

“To be able to say that all of our kids start kindergarten ready means that our high school graduation and transition rates are better, it means that our post-secondary numbers are better and it is an immediate boom to the workforce,” says Coleman.

During today’s visit, Coleman said free childcare and early childhood education remains a dream but expanding access a little at a time will pay long-term dividends through improved education at all levels.

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