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.
“Hard-working mothers and fathers depend on safe, reliable, affordable child care while they work to earn a living, but unfortunately for low-income families, this is not always easy to come by.” – Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)
“As a former elementary school teacher, I know firsthand how important early childhood education is for the success of a child in and out of the classroom. Early childhood education is an opportunity for growth and prepares students for kindergarten. Preschool promotes social and emotional development, preschool promotes language and cognitive skills. It helps develop motor skills and boosts pre-math and literacy skills.” – State Senator Lynne Walz (D-NE)