FFYF’s renowned national and state polling is the gold standard for voter sentiment on early childhood education in America. Four 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.
According to FFYF’s 2018 national poll, conducted in the days immediately following the 2018 Midterm Elections, shows Democratic and Republican voters are less interested in seeing partisans stand their ground than they are seeing them stand up for young children and their families. Public support for investing in quality early childhood education from birth through age five remains strong. And as the new Congress gets underway, lawmakers should look to early childhood education as an issue where they can cut through the partisan divide and accomplish something meaningful on behalf of their constituents.
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.
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.