Children are America's greatest resource.
Early childhood education for low-income children is one of the best ways to promote upward mobility that pays off for individuals and society. Every child needs effective early childhood education and development from birth to age five; research shows that low-income children are the least likely to get it. Those who experience quality early care and learning have better education, health, social and economic outcomes in life-increasing their productivity and reducing the need for spending later on.
Less than half of low-income children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that could dramatically improve their opportunities for a better future. This statistic is tragic when one considers that skills developed in the first five years of life greatly influence success later in life. Expanding access and options for parents to access quality early childhood programs have proven benefits for individuals and society in reduced healthcare costs, increased school achievement and a more educated workforce. Learn More
Brains are built and grow through touch, talk, sight and sound in early childhood experiences. This experiential learning starts long before a child steps foot into kindergarten and, is strengthened through regular interaction and stimulation in the home and in quality early learning settings. Children who receive quality early education demonstrate greater cognitive and socio-emotional growth than children who do not. Learn More
The overwhelming evidence shows that children who enter kindergarten behind are likely remain behind throughout their educational careers and beyond. These gaps in achievement are difficult and expensive to close with K-12 education alone. We can help ensure children show up to kindergarten ready to learn by providing our youngest learners with options to access to high-quality early childhood programs from ages zero to five—where they can develop the full range of skills necessary to compete in school. Learn More
Economic development starts with early childhood development—and the best investment is in providing disadvantaged children with access to high-quality early childhood education. Every dollar invested in quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children provides taxpayers with 7-10 percent return on that investment, per year through better outcomes in education, health, reduced social spending and productivity in the workforce. Learn More
Disadvantaged children who receive a high-quality early childhood education are proven to be more likely to earn higher wages, live healthier lives, avoid incarceration, raise stronger families and contribute to society. Investing in early childhood is a solution that creates upward mobility through opportunity. Learn More