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 2019-20.
PCL publishes annual performance reports on early childhood programs for each fiscal year. Performance of early childhood programs during the previous Levy period (2009-2014) is covered in PCL’s 5 year Report.