Early childhood education promoted as key to fighting crime

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Advocates for early childhood education, flanked by some of the region’s top law enforcement officials, called for support of early childhood education programs to improve results in school and reduce the number of people in jail.

“The people behind bars in Cumberland County took the wrong path in life. This doesn’t have to be the case,” Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce said in the introduction to a new report by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. “Intervening at a young age can help solve many of the behavioral and academic problems that lead children to become criminals later in life.”

The report, released at Wednesday’s news conference at Cumberland Couny Jail, pictures Joyce above the words: “I’m the guy you pay later.”

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a nonprofit advocacy group funded primarily by charitable foundations. It seeks to build support for a plan outlined in the administration’s 2014 budget that would spend $75 billion over 10 years to expand preschool education programs and voluntary home visits to new parents.

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