A child’s early years are crucial. Over the past twenty-five years, there has been an explosion of knowledge about child development that has implications for how young children are cared for and educated. We now know that children's learning begins at birth, years before they enter kindergarten.

Affordable and high quality early care and education are essential to ensure the future quality of the regional workforce by preparing young children to be academically and socially successful. At the same time, quality childcare and education provides parents with the flexibility and peace of mind they need to be productive at work.

We want quality care and education to be available for all 3- and 4-year-old children whose parents choose it.