Re: the Nov. 26 article "Andrew Comrie: Educational success at heart of Pima County Cradle to Career"

I read with interest Andrew Comrie’s editorial on the innovative Cradle to Career Partnership. As a member of the First Things First Pima North Regional Council, I am aware of this program and pleased that FTF is represented among C2C’s leadership. For the past 10 years, FTF has partnered with childcare and preschool programs to improve the quality of early learning by establishing a standardized rating system called Quality First. This signature program gives parents the assurance that their children will be kindergarten ready.

Quality First centers have teachers who are trained to work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, while providing a learning environment that nurtures their emotional, social, language and cognitive development. As Dr. Comrie mentioned, today one in five 3- and 4-year-olds attend high-quality child care centers, many of which are supported by FTF. Quality First centers can be found at: I applaud this partnership for the sake of our children and the economic health of our communities.

Marcia Klipsch



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