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A new report from the Indiana Department of Health shows investing in early childhood benefits everyone. “The State of the Young Hoosier Child” examines factors affecting newborns to children 5 years of age. Those include such things as healthcare, housing, and family structure. The Indiana Youth Institute is highlighting the need for more early childhood education, which is part of the report. CEO and President Bill Stanczykiewicz said too many kids under the age of five are not prepared for school.
“It is absolutely essential that kids walk in to kindergarten already knowing their letters and numbers and their colors and shapes. Just real basic math skills and real basic literacy skills,” said Stanczykiewicz. “Without those basic skills it takes longer to get acclimated to school which then slows down their progress moving forward.
He said attending a good preschool cannot improve the child alone, because parental involvement and a stable lifestyles are necessary.
The full report is available here: