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The Rug Rat Race explores schooling for toddlers

Experts agree that parents, if they have the means, are investing more in their pre-kindergarten aged children. The Rug Rat Race on CBC Radio explores what parents are doing to give their kids an early boost, and if a higher family income results in a better outcome for a child.

Parents are racing to give their two and three-year olds a head start on schooling

Experts agree that in the last couple of decades, parents who have the means are investing more time and money in their children — during the years before they even begin kindergarten.

The Rug Rat Race — a week-long series looking at efforts to give children a head start — explores just what parents are doing to give their kids an early boost in life, and if a higher family income results in a better outcome for a child.

On Thursday, a candid chat with parents about the pressures they face to give their kids a headstart
And new research shows that babies learn language far sooner than previously thought and the CBC's Steve Lus met up with parents help their kids learn to communicate at a very young age.

On Wednesday, CBC Radio's Michelle Eliot visits some families who can't afford preschool and are helping their young children get a head start on learning.

She also visited one of B.C.'s most expensive early learning programs.

On Tuesday CBC Radio's Stephen Quinn heard the case for a Canada-wide policy on early childhood education.