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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 West Virginia, which serve more than 50,000 children and families.

“Learning begins in infancy, and getting parents involved in their children’s education early is critical to their future success… This funding will help parents in southern West Virginia start their children down the path of lifelong learning at an early age. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for resources that help educate West Virginia’s children.” – Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

“As a Governor, a Senator and a public servant, I know that a child who gets an early start in education is able to grow into a productive adult… We cannot diversify our economy unless our children have strong educational backgrounds—I think we all know that.” – Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

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