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First Steps

Early Education Does Make a Difference

October 8, 2015

On October 6, the Mary Black Foundation featured a blog post titled “Does Early Education Make a Difference?” by Molly Talbot-Metz where the results of a new study evaluating the state of Tennessee’s investment in 4-year old kindergarten are explored in relation to Spartanburg County.

While the findings of the study stated that Tennessee’s investment didn’t generate the long-term positive effects that were expected for the children involved, Talbot-Metz encourages readers to remember that “not all investments in early learning are created equal.”

She states that quality, dosage, and pipeline must be kept in mind as decisions regarding how Spartanburg will invest in early education are made.

The post closes with Talbot-Metz highlighting both Quality Counts and the Spartanburg Academic Movement as two initiatives that are “working to make sure that an investment in early learning in Spartanburg will be in high quality and sustainable programs to ensure children succeed.”

Many thanks to the Mary Black Foundation for recognizing our work within Spartanburg’s early education community!