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Every year, millions of low-income children from birth through age five benefit from the array of federal early learning and care programs. Each is governed by specific legislative and regulatory requirements; targets different age groups; and serves families in a variety of settings, including home visiting and home- and center-based opportunities. Together, they form an effective mixed-delivery system supporting the care, education, and healthy development of children living in poverty that prioritizes parental choice and children’s individual needs.



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