Early childhood is a crucial time of learning and growth for children. Montana is one of only ten states with no state-funded pre-kindergarten system. Studies have shown that investing in pre-k is one of the most effective investments a state can make, with significant benefits for children and the state's fiscal health. This report gives an overview of the the current research on early childhood education, and describes the benefits state-funded pre-k could have in Montana.
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