Report | January 17, 2018

Kids Win with High-Quality Early Learning and Care

Investing now will help ensure that disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life

While our nation finished atop the medal table at the 2016 Olympics, American students do not fare so well academically. In fact, our students rank just 38th in math and 24th in reading and science, internationally. Unfortunately, for many at-risk children across the U.S., the preparation they need before arriving at the starting line isn’t available, and too many kids start kindergarten already behind their more advantaged peers.

How can little kids succeed if they start the race already 10 steps behind?.

April Holmes, Paralympic Gold Medalist (Track & Field)

High-quality early care and education can help level the playing field for at-risk children, providing the pre-math, pre-reading and important social-emotional skills necessary to give them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

This report outlines why federal policymakers must increase investments in high-quality early care and education, including Head Start, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Preschool Development Grants.


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