Government Accountability Office: Multiple Early Learning Efforts Maximize Effectiveness

A 2017 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the federal government’s early childhood education programs function symbiotically and collaboratively to benefit the eligible population of children and families they serve, assuaging questions about program overlap, fragmentation, or duplication.

The GAO, which serves as the official audit, evaluation, and investigative institution for the federal government, regularly reports on government programs and policies. The July 2017 GAO report, Early Learning and Child Care: Agencies Have Helped Address Fragmentation and Overlap Through Improved Coordination, provides an informative update to a 2012 GAO report, taking a more in-depth look at the field’s program composition and offering important clarifications about the efficacy and intentional targeting of the federal mixed-delivery system.