Sunday, May 30, 2010

Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is highly cost-effective, generating savings of as much as $7 for each dollar invested. More resources are needed to ensure that those children who qualify can attend Head Start programs. Currently, only half of all eligible children are enrolled in a program. Cuts in the program result directly in the number of children who participate in Head Start.

Given the positive effects of high-quality preschool programs, and the focus on closing gaps in readiness and proficiency, all children should have access to such experiences before kindergarten.