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What would you propose to ensure all children receive a quality early childhood education and all early childhood educators receive a living wage with benefits?

Natasha Harper-Madison

City Council, District 1

Research shows that Early Childhood Education models from birth to 3 years of age positively affects outcomes for the whole child, families, educators, the local community and the city (including the data that shows children who receive high quality ECE have better workforce experiences, require fewer public services as adults and increase the local tax revenue).
I am a strong proponent of cradle to college education models that build early learning into every facility that supports the welfare of children as well as multi family housing developments and city supported community programs. I would propose a comprehensive training and certification program for child care providers and early childhood educators. The completion of said certifications would be in alignment with the guarantee of competitive wages and benefits, including affordable housing, healthcare and access to transportation.