*Note: while not specific to PA, the same issues are present in our Commonwealth
Dyke and Thomson column: Future workforce talent demands exceptional early childhood programs
By Jim Dyke and Gary Thomson Nov 5, 2018
Of all the important public policy issues confronting Virginia, the need for exceptional early childhood education stands alone in its potential to significantly impact both current and future prosperity. As business leaders and passionate supporters of education, if we could only fund one program that would produce the highest return on investment for providing our future workforce, it would be early childhood education.
Research conclusively shows that a child’s prospects for future success are impacted by brain development and skill acquisition in the first years of life. The development of these skills is cumulative and sequential, meaning that everything builds on the earliest experiences.