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

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