National Report Highlights Importance of Health and Education During Early Childhood

Executive Director of Kids Count for the state of Texas, Frances Deviney, speaks with KRTS reporter Lorne Matalon about the findings of a national report which compiles research about the first eight years of life.

The First Eight Years: Building a Foundation for Lifetime Success, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, emphasizes that investment in education and health care in children’s early years has a significant impact on their later success in school and young adult life.

In Texas, more than half of children 0-8 live in low-income families, and more than one in four live in poverty. The study finds that living in poverty has a significant effect on early childhood brain development. More on the report can be found at the Center for Public Policy Priorities website.

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