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Business Leaders Push for Early Edu. to Boost Economy

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MISSOULA -

Three local business leaders met at Missoula Child Start on Wednesday, pushing for better early education programs to strengthen Montana's economy.

The business leaders are members of an organization called America's Edge, whose recent report shows every $1 invested in early child care and education in Montana generates $1.61 in sales of goods and services.

They're urging Congress and the administration to provide more resources for quality child care and early learning opportunities for younger kids from low-income families.

Jim Parker, owner of WestRidge Creative, said, "Too many 3-5 year olds do not have the basic skills to enter kindergarten, such as counting to 10 and recognizing letters in the alphabet."

Leslie Womack, President of Montana Educators Credit Union, said, "Let's ensure that we have the skilled future employees we need by investing in what works, and that is high quality, early child care and education."

The America's Edge report also shows children who participate in quality early learning programs perform better in reading, writing and math -- crucial skills in the global workforce.

To find out more information on the recent report, click here.

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