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July 18, 2013

Business leaders say early childhood initiatives will pay big dividends for kids, families

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Wade, a local banker, said children who are prepared for school don’t exhibit behavior problems. Those kids will be better students, he said. Employees will be more productive, since they can focus on work and not problems with children.

Norman School Superintendent Siano said Norman has been a leader in early childhood education. About 1,000 children are involved in full-day kindergarten and another 800 in pre-k.

Finding resources is always a struggle, he said.

He said building a good educational foundation is like building a house. Remediation is always more expensive.

Christopher, a marketing and advertising executive, suggested business leaders use their own social networks to champion the cause.

“Use the platform that you have,” she said.

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