We must do better to expand access to early childhood education. We all know the statistics and overall life improvement to our children's education with just an investment on early childhood education alone. The viability of our County to continue to attract a world-class economy is pinned directly to the ability of our schools to provide the best education possible. The foundation to these objectives is precisely early childhood programs for the most number of kids, so that we can begin to minimize achievement gaps.
The initiatives necessary begin with prioritization of the budget to ensure the Council is funding more slots for students. We must also innovate to work with the business community to open more opportunities to early childhood education in locations where parents have close access from their place of employment. I believe we have the human resources within the County to expand early childhood education. We just need to get creative so that together with business, we are facilitating this for all working parents.