Chuck Slocum: Early learning: Business quietly backs market-based reforms

Posted 5/7/13 - St. Paul Pioneer Press

Beyond the legislative clamor of more high-profile issues on which the business community has an interest, there is a growing presence among executives regarding investments in the future workforce through market-based programs affecting 3- and 4-year-olds.

Brain development research has long reported on the necessity of laying a strong foundation for learning between birth and age 5. Roughly half of Minnesota kids are not fully prepared to succeed when they begin kindergarten.

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