Why is the focus on ages 0-8?

We are using the report Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation (Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, 2015) as a foundational text to inform this process.

From the report: Most children experience a variety of early care and education settings during their first eight years, starting in the home, then possibly at a child care center or pre-K program, followed by the start of formal education. As children grow and develop, a continuity of learning is essential for ensuring that early academic success and development are built upon by consistent educational experiences.

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