Changing the Future by Investing in Early Childhood Development – A Conversation with CCF Donors, Mindy and Gene Stein

July 20, 2021

“The experiences that children have in the early months and years of life make an enormous impact on a child’s brain development and future success,” says Mindy and Gene Stein about why it’s crucial to invest in early childhood development. “By providing children with access to safe, affordable and high-quality education from birth, we can help lay the foundation for lifelong success which ultimately leads to a stronger and better society for all.”

Mindy and Gene Stein, through the Stein Early Childhood Development Fund, want to educate and inspire action from others – that was the driving force behind their support of PBS NewsHour’s “Raising the Future: America’s Child Care Dilemma.” This five-segment series examines how the pandemic unveiled America’s broken child care system and sheds light on the momentum building around the country to find innovative long-term solutions.

“It is important for the public to learn more about this issue and the PBS NewsHour’s series has the potential to reach millions of people,” says Mindy and Gene. “We hope to make early childhood development a high priority for the American people.”

Child care is critical to helping families thrive, but the system is impacted by a shrinking workforce, low wages and systemic racial inequities. Even before the pandemic, inequities in support and funding for early care and education meant that families with low incomes often struggled to find affordable, quality care, especially for babies and toddlers.

The Steins investments aim to inspire our society to prioritize kids starting at birth and decision makers to build a better child care system that ensures a brighter future for our children.

To learn more, you can watch the segments on Raising the Future here.

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