MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the country should be making more investments in child care and early education.

The California Democrat said better access to affordable, quality early education and child care not only helps children and families, but is a long-term boost to the economy. Pelosi spoke after touring the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts University in Medford to learn about the school’s approach to early childhood education research.

U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark, Lori Trahan and Ayanna Pressley — all Massachusetts Democrats — joined Pelosi to meet with early education advocates and tour the facility. Massachusetts has some of the highest child care costs in the country.

Pelosi said it’s important for

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