Education leaders working to close early learning gap in the Kansas City area

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Educational leaders are working to close the learning gap in the Kansas City area.

Mayor Sly James and members of the U.S. Department of Education announced the initiative at a meeting Monday. It focuses on three areas: talk, read and play. The goal is to get kids into school long before they turn 5-years-old.

Studies show babies born into low-income families hear 30 million fewer words by 3-years-old than their higher-income peers, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

National education leaders vouched to put money into early learning schools in Kansas City. 

Every district in the Kansas City area is working to add more early learning options. In 2014, 600 4-year-olds enrolled in the Hickman Mills pre-kindergarten program. Kansas City has double that amount. 

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