Less than half of low-income children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that could dramatically improve their opportunities for a better future. And a majority of voters of all income levels say there is a critical lack of early education programs in their area that are high-quality and affordable. This statistic is tragic when one considers that skills developed in the first five years of life greatly influence success later in life.
Expanding access and options for parents to provide their children a quality, affordable early childhood education has proven benefits for individuals and society in reduced healthcare costs, increased school achievement and a more educated workforce. Research shows that the benefits of early childhood education are the greatest and longest-lasting when investments target low-income children and families.