ConvergenceRI has a wonderful column by Angela Bannerman Ankoma, executive vice president of United Way of Rhode Island, where she shares her personal story about how childcare and early education services at the Beautiful Beginnings Childcare Center have helped her young son to thrive.

Every Rhode Island family is different. Nevertheless, every single one can benefit from these ages 0-5 services. In my son’s five years, I can see how all the supports impacted our family. My hope is that more families will take advantage of these services, particularly high-quality Rhode Island pre-K. They’re great for families, kids, and Rhode Island’s future.

This is what investing in early childhood education is all about, and why RIght from the Start is advocating for increased funding for high quality pre-K programs across Rhode Island.