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January 17, 2010

Change How Kids Learn, Change the Future - Invest in Children and Prof Rob Fischer in Plain Dealer

Professor Robert L. Fischer is quoted in The Plain Dealer article, "Change How Kids Learn, Change the Future" by Brett Larkin.

The article is about Cuyahoga County's Universal Pre-Kindergarten Pilot administered by Invest in Children , a public-private partnership focused on young children and their families. Cuyahoga County is assisted by Starting Point, a nonprofit specializing in child care. Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is the project evaluator. The numbers regarding the improvements of children assisted by the program come from the program evaluations, run by the Center.

Directly quoting the article, "The long-term effects of early childhood care are already proven," said Robert Fischer, co-director of CWRU's urban poverty center. "What we're showing here is a pattern that should be well known, but is not. So we shouldn't be wringing our hands that we can't influence what goes on, because we are showing that it's possible."

The article details the improvements in school readiness shown by the child participants in the program, and strongly supports it as a way to continue to transform the school system, and to save the region.