Professor Aisha Ray spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference on September 19, addressing ways to close the achievement gap among African Americans. Ray, who also serves as Erikson’s senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, said that early investment in programs like Head Start can counter the cycle of poverty that is closely correlated to high school dropout rates.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education quoted a portion of her remarks. “If we live in an economy with restricted resources and are looking for the greater bang for our buck, early childhood is the ticket we should purchase,” she said.

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