Early Childhood

For the past two decades, a growing body of research confirms that children’s first years of life are critical to their academic success and overall well-being in later years.  Best practice interventions support and strengthen children’s early cognitive, social, and emotional development; providing these opportunities to historically underserved populations can help mitigate early disparities. 

Drawing on public input, local data and research, PCL adopted the following goal for early childhood investments:  Support children’s early development and kindergarten readiness. 
The strategies adopted to work toward this goal are: 

  • Intensive Home‐Visiting for children prenatal – 3 years old.
  • Preschool, Head Start, or structured preschool‐like experiences for 3 – 5 years olds 
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation 

See a full list of the Levy’s 16 Early Childhood investments for 2020-23.

PCL publishes annual performance reports on early childhood programs for each fiscal year. 


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