Summit Looks to Give Children Skills for Success

Published 08/26 2014 04:29PM

Updated 08/26 2014 06:12PM

It's estimated that 40 percent of children entering kindergarten don't have needed skills that will help them succeed.

An early care and learning summit held at WSKG Tuesday morning was designed to help combat that problem.

It brought together parents, businesses, government officials and state assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.

Jackie Stapleton, WSKG's Director of Youth Focus Content Services and Programming said that 12 early childhood care centers have closed around Greater Binghamton over the past decade.

She said it's important to discuss the problem and possible solutions.

"An objective of the summit is to look at all of the great advocacy efforts already occuring in early childhood in Broome County and build on that to make an investment in our community and bring forces together for something even bigger," said Stapleton.

Lupardo chair's the assembly's committee on children and families. She said it's better to make investments in children at an early age than deal with the consequences and costs of an uneducated society later on.

"We are trying very hard to get the local economic community and business community to embrace this idea as well, because if children are not prepared for school then they are not going to be prepared for careers," said Luprardo.

The group will be having follow-up meetings and eventually put together a strategy to try to help meet the early childhood needs around Greater Binghamton.

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