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Bernanke says Childhood Eduction is `Key' to Growth

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said early childhood education is “crucial” and that effective schooling supports the economy by reducing poverty, boosting wages and increasing job satisfaction.

“Specialists in economic development have identified educational attainment as a key source of economic growth and rising incomes in many countries around the world,” Bernanke said in recorded remarks to be delivered by video today to the Children’s Defense Fund national conference in Cincinnati.