Americans are united when it comes to early childhood education and their desire to have the issue remain a priority for policymakers in Congress and the administration.

FFYF’s renowned national and state polling is the gold standard for voter sentiment on early childhood education in America. Six years of state and national polling have shown a steady increase in support for greater investments in quality early learning and care opportunities, while also establishing a clear set of principles that voters want their lawmakers to follow as they develop policy solutions for working families.

Over the years, the results have been consistent: Americans see the value in high-quality early learning and care, and they want more choices and greater access to these opportunities. And, despite the importance families place on high-quality child care and early childhood education, families are struggling to afford quality options.

FFYF’s 2020 national poll reveals the clear impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on voters’ perception of quality child care — and the need for a significant public investment in meaningful child care policy solutions for working families and providers. Most notably, a vast majority of American voters say high-quality, affordable child care for families with young children is an essential service — just like healthcare and education. The results are also a signal to candidates that publicly supporting early learning and care remains a rare unifying issue that comes with little political downside.

Aggregate Polling Analysis

FFYF has also conducted analysis that consolidates and synthesizes the findings of our years of publicly available research with that of other national and state polls – some of which have never been released publicly. 

This arsenal of individual polls paints an even brighter picture when studied together as a collective body of research.

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