Mayor Adrian Perkins is acutely aware of the urgent need to address early learning and affordable childcare in our community. Lack of access to high-quality, affordable childcare is a major priority for his administration. He recognizes that the lack of childcare is a barrier for many families, preventing them from entering the workforce and participating in vocational and educational opportunities. Many children start kindergarten without the skills to succeed due to the inability to participate in early learning. The Early Start Initiative is designed to properly address and prioritize the greatest needs within our community.