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Child Care Before Pre-K

In earlier blogs I’ve expounded upon the lack of focus on the first three years of the birth-to-five continuum.  While a lot of public attention has been focused on pre-K expansion for four year olds, strong foundations begin at birth . . . and before.  Some would say that a healthy lifestyle and a positive outlook on life are essential to carrying a healthy fetus.  And most people who work with little ones know that the first three years cast a long shadow over the next two and beyond.  Good parenting – or “good enough” parenting, as I like to say – is the most important ingredient in raising a healthy, happy child. So while reading an article like this, I am saying, “yes, yes, yes” throughout.