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Child-care advocates link early care to business success

By Barry Eberling

March 31, 2010 16:15

FAIRFIELD - First 5 Solano and various regional business leaders had a message today for the local business community: Invest in children.

Work to ensure Solano County has good child-care opportunities and preschools, they said at the Solano Economic Development Corp. breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn. Lobby elected officials to make decisions benefiting children ages 0 to 5.

'Early education doesn't immediately spring to mind as an issue that's relevant to how Genentech or Sutter Health go about their day-to-day business,' Matt Regan of the Bay Area Council told the dozens of local business and community leaders who attended the event.

But the Bay Area economy is knowledge-based, he said. Jobs that people might take and earn a good living from without graduating from high school are disappearing, he said. He mentioned the closure of the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont as an example.

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