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Early child development and education programming have proven to be effective investments in both young children and the communities in which they live. An international body of research points to strong evidence that high-quality early child development and early education policies, with appropriate standards and accountability, yield many more benefits than costs through the use of finite community resource dollars. Not only do young children acquire important social-emotional skills that yield long term benefits to both society and individual families, but the early years are the greatest opportunity to develop cognitive skills for optimal brain development, healthy habits, and lay a foundation for years of future academic success. Employers also capture short and long-term benefits for their local firms when early care and education is supported. Yet many communities, including Nashville-Davidson County have not made concentrated, comprehensive efforts to support robust and aligned early care and education efforts to ensure the sustained healthy development and success of their youngest citizens.Year: 2011•State: Tennessee•Type: Policy Brief or Report•Source: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean•Policy: Education, Economic Equality, Public Finance and Investment, Revenue
Suffering from years of disinvestment and persistently high rates of poverty, this case study shows how Memphis city officials joined forces with the private and nonprofit sectors to have a collective impact on some of the city's most pressing social issues.Year: 2013•State: Tennessee•Type: Fact Sheet or Infographic•Source: Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Mayors Innovation Project•Policy: Education, Economic Equality, Health, Wages and Benefits, Job Quality, Civil Rights, Public Finance and Investment, Revenue, Environment, Land Use, Regional Coordination