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The tiny country of Singapore has an ambitious plan for its youngest citizens and their parents: quality and affordable childcare.

In the next five years, the government’s goal is to help create 200,000 spots for babies as young as two months to six years in large centers that dot the island. These schools can hold anywhere from 300 to 1,000 children.

The plan is based on new research that shows how the early years are crucial for building strong neural connections as well as…


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