Officials: Early childhood education key to crime fight

Officials: Early childhood education key to crime fight


KNOXVILLE (AP) - Law enforcement leaders in Knoxville say early childhood education has a role in the prevention of crime.

The Knoxville police chief, Knox County sheriff and district attorney general will visit Head Start students on Thursday and read to children enrolled in the center's early learning program.

They will also release a new report that shows investing in early childhood education can cut crime and lower prison and other crime-related costs.

The officials are also expected to emphasize that such programs must be high-quality to get the best return on investment.

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