High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in Kentucky, which serve more than 100,000 children and families.
“Supporting our children in their educational development from an early age is a top priority.” – Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
“Just as you can’t build a house without a foundation, it’s harder to educate a young person if their early years are wasted… Getting young children ready for school has huge benefits. For every $1 invested in early education, Kentucky will reap $7 in return. It’s an investment we must make.” – Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D-KY)