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Deborah Kong

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: and

Entries by Deborah Kong

Dispatch From D.C.: A Historic Day for Children at the White House

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 11:23 AM

Last week, I witnessed a historic day for America's young children. President Barack Obama hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Early Education and I was honored to join a broad coalition of business leaders, policymakers, philanthropy, elected officials and fellow advocates from across the country who are committed to...

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The Power of Partnerships in Early Education

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

California's momentum on early learning was in the spotlight this week, when the White House came to town for "Children: The Bay Area's Greatest Investment," a Town Hall in San Francisco that celebrated the state's recent successes and reenergized participants to recommit to doing more for our youngest learners.

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California's Early Learning Momentum Goes on

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 6:11 PM

As I dropped my son Robby off at his first day of preschool last month and watched him walk through the door toting his beloved dinosaur lunchbox, I was reminded why I do the work I do. When I head to work and Robby is at preschool, I know that...

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A Fair Start for California's Children

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:20 PM

On the same day that California Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget proposal, a new State Preschool Yearbook looking at California's early learning programs found that our state is moving in the wrong direction. We are one of only five states in America that meet fewer...

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Staunch Majority of California Voters Support Pre-K

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:49 PM

As state legislators and Governor Brown consider their budget priorities, I hope they will take note of the latest poll results showing four out of five voters support increasing preschool availability for four-year-olds in California. A whopping 79 percent of California voters believe it is important to increase...

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Beyond Pre-K: California Leaps Ahead With Comprehensive Approach From Birth

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 2:52 PM

While preschool expansion is in the headlines across the nation, California is leaping ahead with a focus on building a comprehensive early learning system from birth through age 5.

From the moment they are born, babies' brains are rapidly growing and making hundreds of neural connections each second. As...

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California Must Answer the President's Call by Leading on Early Learning

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:48 AM

As an advocate for young children, I was excited and encouraged when President Obama asserted his commitment to making high-quality early learning for all American children a top priority for the second time in a row during last night's State of the Union.

As a parent, I was thrilled...

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