The fact is that many American families currently do not have the opportunity to send their children to early education programs. Why? They can’t afford to – the cost of sending one child to a high-quality program is already high and continues to increase.
In addition, the cost of providing high-quality education is increasing for early childhood education programs. This prevents even more families from accessing a great start for their children.
From our nation’s inception, we have held a collective belief that all children, regardless of their circumstances, should have a fair shot at freedom and economic opportunity that comes with our democracy.
All young children deserve a chance to start school ready to reach their full potential, and we must collectively build the political muscle to ensure that all elected officials embrace early learning as a “must.”