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 Utah, which serve more than 50,000 children and families.
“Too many young parents, faced with financial hardship, have to choose between providing for their children and caring for them. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to work towards a solution to that dilemma.” – Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
[On expanding access to early childhood education for low-income children]: “It’s the right thing to do for children, and the fiscally responsible course for taxpayers.” – Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (D-UT)