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ERIC Number: ED565350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb-6
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Investing in Our Children: A Plan to Expand Access to Preschool and Child Care
Brown, Cynthia G.; Cooper, Donna; Herman, Juliana; Lazarín, Melissa; Linden, Michael; Post, Sasha; Tanden, Neera
Center for American Progress
This issue brief presents a plan to expand educational opportunities and care for children ages 0-5 years old by investing significant federal dollars to: (1) Make high-quality preschool universally accessible to all 3- and 4-year-old children; and (2) Enable more lower-income families to afford child care for children ages 0-3 years old. These policies would advance several important national priorities. First, expanding access to preschool and affordable child care would directly improve the lives of millions of mothers and fathers who are struggling to balance the demands of work and family. In addition to the increase in single-parent households, many more two-parent households now have two working spouses. Second, investing in young children will also help strengthen America's human capital. Years of research demonstrate that the first five years of a child's cognitive and emotional development establish the foundation for learning and achievement throughout life. Finally, early childhood investments will help address our growing economic inequality and diminishing rates of upward mobility. These trends have been exacerbated by the dramatic changes in America's family structure.
Center for American Progress. 1333 H Street NW 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-682-1611; Web site: http://www.americanprogress.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Primary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress