Why Early Learning Matters In Louisiana 

 

National Security

 

The need for qualified military recruits in the United States is growing. The number of American citizens who are qualified to meet the standards set by the United States Armed Forces is declining.  About 25 percent of young Americans are unqualified to serve in the military due to inadequate academic skills, poor physical fitness, or a history of criminal activity. The presence of a strong pool of well qualified military recruits affects our strength as a country at home and abroad. Investments in early childhood programs address the challenges to military recruitment by improving academic preparation and lifestyle choices, and decreasing the likelihood of arrest and conviction.

 

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