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Teacher aide Tatyana Salaz works closely with Shakira Robinson, 4, to help her identify numbers. Salaz is an aide in Jennifer Penserum’s preschool class at Southwest Early Childhood Center.

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Experts: Emphasis on early education beginning to pay dividends

‘We keep growing’

Simple experiments, gleaned from a book called “Ollie Oxygen,” kept the children at Southwest Early Childhood Center rapt. But expanding the students’ vocabulary and encouraging them to verbalize their thoughts was the activity’s main point.

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