Deborah Kong is president of Early Edge California, a statewide nonprofit organization working to ensure all children have the early experiences necessary to be successful learners, setting them on a path to college and career readiness. High-quality early childhood programs place children on a trajectory for success in kindergarten and beyond. In addition, economists have found that high-quality early childhood education offers one of the highest returns of any public investment. Learn more at: www.earlyedgecalifornia.org and www.tkcalifornia.org.