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These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • HIGHER EDUCATION AFFORDABILITY
  • FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Winning Issue » EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION


Between the time of birth and age three, research shows a child's brain doubles in size. High quality childcare can promote the mental development of children and their later success in school. These programs, including some with medical care, are credited with improving the reading, mathematics, language and social skills of those children enrolled. Quality preschool programs also help narrow the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged children and their peers. Studies show that each dollar spent today on quality preschool programs will return seven dollars to society in the future. The demand for quality early education is growing as more mothers join the workforce. However, there is a drastic shortage of affordable quality preschool programs available to many working families. Recent surveys have found that only about half of our 3 and 4 year old children are now enrolled in some type of preschool program. Education advocates say the effectiveness of early childhood education is primarily related to low child-to-staff ratios, staff education, experience, salaries and specialized training.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.587 - PRE-K Act
H.R.375 - Total Learning Act




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current early childhood education policy and wish to defeat H.R.587 - PRE-K Act and H.R.375 - Total Learning Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support awarding matching grants to states to enhance or improve state-funded preschool programs that have curricula aligned with state early learning standards; using nationally-established or best practices for class size and teacher-to-student ratios; requiring each teacher to have at least an associate degree in early childhood education or a related field, and baccalaureate degree within 5 years; requiring such programs to operate for at least a full academic year, and wish to pass H.R.587 - PRE-K Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Mark Pocan (WI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support awarding grants to implement innovative early learning curricula in preschool and elementary school programs in high-need communities for children from birth through age nine; including as grant-covered costs, those incurred for: (1) extended school hours and days; (2) staff development, compensation, and retention; (3) comprehensive child and family support services; and (4) other activities deemed appropriate to promote academic success for impoverished children, and wish to pass H.R.375 - Total Learning Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. James Himes (CT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support awarding matching grants to states to enhance or improve state-funded preschool programs that have curricula aligned with state early learning standards; using nationally-established or best practices for class size and teacher-to-student ratios; requiring each teacher to have at least an associate degree in early childhood education or a related field, and baccalaureate degree within 5 years; requiring such programs to operate for at least a full academic year, and wish to pass H.R.587 - PRE-K Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Mark Pocan (WI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
Trustee Election - Begins
April 9, 2020


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