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Investing in early childhood education now reduces crime later

The Bangor Daily News – Troy Morton

“As sheriff of Penobscot County and having spent my 27-year career in law enforcement, I cannot emphasize enough the importance and benefits of high-quality early childhood education for Maine’s kids, especially our at-risk youth. These programs benefit our youth, enhance the safety of our communities and advance the success of our state. The vast majority of my law enforcement colleagues across Maine agree that early learning programs are a critical and wise investment for Maine. Research backs up what I have long observed throughout my career, that high-quality early education is one of the best crime-prevention tools we have in our arsenal.”(more)

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