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Investing in young children
makes economic sense.
As president of a community college, I offer many subjects for my students. But their ability to be successful with these subjects begins long before they enter college, even before entering kindergarten. The foundation for their success is built in early childhood.
In fact, scientific research has clearly established that the early years (pre-natal to age 5) are the most critical period for promoting the brain development upon which all learning is based. That is why the return on investment during early childhood is greater than at any other stage of life.
Naturally, I want all students to be successful in school because that leads to a capable, competitive workforce. So, please join me in promoting early childhood development and help every child have a smart beginning.
Gary Rhodes, Ed.D.
President, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Chairman, Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond