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Robert H. Dugger, Ph.D. delivered the opening keynote at the Children’s Trust Fund Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention recently held in Jefferson City.  More than 275 providers, social workers, educators, and other child advocates were on hand to hear Dr. Dugger make the business case for investing in America’s children.  He is the founder and managing partner for the Hanover Investment Group, LLC, an Advisory Board Chair for the Partnership for America’s Economic Success and Chairman of the Invest in Kids Working Group.

Dr. Dugger says early childhood education has become a growing area of concern for investors, the business community and banking industry. Research has proven that before age five, children establish the building blocks of their academic and social skills.  By improving children’s lives in their earliest years, they are more likely to become a productive member of society.  Dr. Dugger says early investment will literally pay off for generations to come and is essential if the U.S. is to be globally competitive in the future.  He makes these and other informed points in the following video: