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How Does Early Education Benefit Children Later In Life?

Pre-K 4 SA teacher Jaclyn Castillo reads to her class on March 2, 2018.
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Pre-K 4 SA teacher Jaclyn Castillo reads to her class on March 2.

Experts agree that early exposure to schooling is key to a child's brain development and ability to learn skills. 

"Early childhood education" can begin as early as birth until the age of 8, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

More commonly, early childhood education typically refers to schooling for kids ages 3 to 5 in pre-school or kindergarten programs, which are not required by law and can vary in curriculum type and cost. 

What percentage of San Antonio-area youth are enrolled in early-education programs?

How can families find resources and what kind of support are they offered? How can San Antonio ensure equitable quality education for young children?

Find more information on the San Antonio Regional Public PK-12 Education Forum here.


  • Ginger Walker, data director for SA P16 Plus
  • Dr. Sarah Baray, CEO of Pre-K 4 SA
  • Henri Muñoz, senior vice president for research and evaluation for United Way, which runs the ReadyKidSA coalition

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