Children’s first eight years are a developmental continuum that lay the foundation for all of the years that follow. High-quality child care, prekindergarten programs, and elementary school environments, from birth to age eight, help prepare children for school and life success. High-quality programs are culturally competent, use effective, developmentally-appropriate curricula, maintain positive discipline and healthy school climates, and provide supports and resources to teachers and staff. To benefit from excellent teaching and effective school environments, students must attend school regularly.

To explore data on early care and education, birth through grade three, click the measures in the chart below.

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