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Reader's View: Benefits of early education extend to society

When my wife and I made the decision for me to leave the workforce to stay home with our infant son, I expected that my own upbringing, my background in education, and my paternal instincts would be sufficient preparation for my new role as a stay-at-home dad. Two years later, our daughter arrived, and we are now five years into this experiment.

I can look back and be grateful that we decided to supplement this parental foundation with ECFE classes at Piedmont Elementary.

While Early Childhood Family Education might sound like pre-pre-preschool, its framework is designed to help parents meet their children's changing developmental needs. These needs, while natural, are not naturally understood — at least they were not for me — and my family and I have benefitted tremendously from the lessons, strategies and understanding I received from all of the dedicated professionals in this program. I believe these benefits are not limited to the individual families who participate in ECFE; they extend to society as a whole.

I applaud our governor and our local and state representatives for their continued investment in and support for early-childhood and school-readiness programs, and I encourage any parent looking for evidence-based approaches to parenting to explore how ECFE might be beneficial.

The Week of the Young Child begins Monday. Of all the decisions we choose to make as a society, investing in our community's youngest learners is not one we will regret.

Jeremy Rubin

Duluth

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