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Business leaders champion early childhood education

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -  Mississippi business leaders said early childhood education is one of the keys to giving the state an economic boost.

The Mississippi Economic Council is touring 10 cities across the state this week to educate communities about the importance of quality pre-K education.

The Next Steps tour stopped in Jackson Thursday morning for a breakfast meeting at the downtown Marriott. Hundreds of business and political leaders attended. T

The Economic Council said workers who know their children are in good hands are more likely to have better attendance rates. And kids who receive quality pre-K education are more likely to be successful adults.

"My dream would be to have every child in Mississippi receive quality early childhood education. And right now that's just not happening. So if I could close my eyes at night and know every child was in a program and receiving the best care around based on what we know children need. That's what I would like to see happen in Mississippi," said Dr. Laurie Smith of the Mississippi Building Blocks program.

Organizers said the tour will reach 1,200 people in five days. It's the first of it's kind in the state.

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