For years, Congress has showed continued bipartisan support for early learning programs. Members of both parties have worked together to significantly increase funding, while also enacting reforms and improvements, to existing early childhood programs that elevate quality and leverage state and local leadership. National polling over the last decade shows Americans agree with Congress, quality early childhood education is a top priority issue for people of every political persuasion. Americans see high-quality early learning as a starting point for enabling individual opportunity and achievement that build the society all Americans want. With Congress as a powerful advocate, children from birth to age five have better access to critical resources that prepare them for elementary school and beyond.
The First Five Years Fund commends Congress on their continued efforts to ensure our youngest learners have access to a continuum of high-quality early learning from the very start of their lives. The legislation highlighted below shows Congress’ recent efforts to improve care and learning for young children across the country.