What exactly is a “High-Quality” preschool program and why is high-quality required for participation in Strong Start Tucson?

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High-quality is recognized in a variety of ways, such as national accreditation, a Quality First rating of 3, 4 or 5 stars, and Head Start. The SST commission will establish the exact standards required for Strong Start Tucson participation. Research shows that preschool makes a long-term impact only when it is a high-quality setting; therefore Strong Start Tucson will be fiscally responsible and ensure that money is spent only where it makes a lasting positive difference.

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