A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “The First Eight Years: Giving Kids A Foundation for Lifetime Success,” presents a case for investing in early childhood education. Carole Cochren, Director of Kids Count–South Dakota, says a majority of kids in the state already are missing out………..
Census Bureau reports show that 47 percent or about 40 thousand children age 8 and under live in low-income households in South Dakota.
Cochran says they also know that it can be difficult for many South Dakota families to find and pay for any type of preschool…………….
Cochrane says the report details how a child’s early development across critical areas of well-being is essential to make the effective transition into elementary school and for long-term school success…………….