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In New Zealand, one early childhood option is Playcentre. For the past couple years, I've been volunteering at my son's Playcentre.

Playcentre is funded by the government, and regulated by the Ministry of Education.

It’s a parents’ cooperative. The idea is that parents are the first educators of their children.

The parents are also educated, in early education courses, that count towards a diploma (if you’re that way inclined).

And, by participating in Playcentre, you are connected to your community. You get to know the other parents and their children, and their extended families.

I think a program like Playcentre would be great in America. As far as I know, there’s nothing quite like it there. Let me know if I’m wrong.

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