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For ND Children, First 8 Years Provides Foundation for Success

PHOTO: In order for children in North Dakota and across the nation to succeed, it's critical that they have support in areas such as education and health in their first eight years. CREDIT: Anthony Kelly
PHOTO: In order for children in North Dakota and across the nation to succeed, it's critical that they have support in areas such as education and health in their first eight years. CREDIT: Anthony Kelly
November 5, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. – A new report is bringing attention to the important link between strong support in early childhood and future success in life.

It's an issue that is growing in North Dakota.

The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says the first eight years of life are the most critical and investments are needed, according to Karen Olson, program director of North Dakota Kids Count.

"Every child should have the opportunity to succeed regardless of where they are starting out in life,” she says. “Normal challenges of raising children are far more daunting for families struggling with poverty, so investing in our children in the early years will help to ensure that they succeed both in school and in life and will benefit our entire state in the long run."

The number of children ages eight and under in North Dakota has grown to a 20-year-high of 81,000, and about a third of them are growing up in poverty or with a family considered low-income.

Olson says the report also suggests a comprehensive and integrated approach on early childhood education and the transition to schooling to help bring about more positive outcomes.

"Research has shown that high-quality early childhood education can make a significant difference in ensuring that all children build the social and emotional skills, as well as the cognitive skills so that they're ready for school,” she says. “Currently in North Dakota, only 34 percent of three and four-year-olds attend any kind of preschool program."

According the Casey Foundation report, nearly two in three third graders are behind in terms of cognitive development. The figures for low-income and minority children are even worse.



John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND