Gray Touts Early Education Reform

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File photo of young students. (credit: Wendy Carlson/Getty Images for OfficeMax)

File photo of young students. (credit: Wendy Carlson/Getty Images for OfficeMax)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – This past week marked the one-year anniversary of Educare in Washington.

The nationwide program works within communities to provide education and early childhood development for those most in need.

In his exclusive weekly radio address with All-News 99.1 WNEW, Mayor Vincent Gray expressed his intent to improve early education and childhood development programs in the district.

Gray says Educare is a step in the right direction and hopes to develop more resources to aide the children of D.C.

“I am very passionate about early childhood education,” Gray said. “And the need to provide high quality options for all children in the District of Columbia, especially our most vulnerable youngsters and their families.”

He touted Educare’s ability to “close the achievement gap before it takes root” by providing on-site family support and intensive staff development.

Gray noted that all too often children do not have stable family environments and that it is even more important that high quality early education be available to them.

“If children cannot find the environment they need to succeed at home, then the district should step up and provide a welcoming educational environment prior to kindergarten.”

The mayor’s weekly radio address can be heard at 10:05 a.m. every Sunday exclusively on All-News 99.1 WNEW and streamed online.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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