As pediatricians, we know about the importance of early childhood education on children’s academic achievement and health. Early brain and child development research demonstrates that high quality early childhood education confirms lasting positive effects such as greater school success, higher graduation rates, lower juvenile crime and other benefits. Children attending these programs have better math and language skills, interpersonal relationships and improved behavior. We see in our work every day the impact that this has on a child’s wellbeing.
We support Strong Start Tucson because it will provide many more children in the Tucson area with the high quality programs that have been found to be so effective. Let’s give our children the best start in life we can provide by voting YES.
Eve Shapiro MD, MPH
Gretchen Hull, MD, FAAP Vice President, AZ Chapter of the Arizona Academy of Pediatrics