The President’s Early Learning Initiative
Posted Monday, April 15, 2013 by Shelly Nye
Please read this important message from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
The beginning years of a child’s life are critical for building the foundation needed for success later in school and in life. Leading economists agree that high-quality early learning programs can help level the playing field for children from lower-income families on vocabulary, social and emotional development, while helping students to stay on track and stay engaged in the early elementary grades. Children who attend these programs are more likely to do well in school, find good jobs, and succeed in their careers than those who don’t. And research has shown that taxpayers receive a high average return on investments in high-quality early childhood education, with savings in areas like improved educational outcomes, increased labor productivity, and a reduction in crime.
In his 2013 State of the Union address and fiscal year 2014 budget, President Obama called on Congress to expand access to high-quality preschool to every child in America. As part of that effort, the President will propose a series of new investments that will establish a continuum of high-quality early learning for a child—beginning at birth and continuing to age 5. By doing so, the President would invest critical resources where we know the return on our dollar is the highest—in our youngest children.
The President specifically calls for:
• Providing high-quality preschool for every child
• Growing the supply of effective early learning opportunities for young children
• Extending and expanding evidence-based, voluntary home visiting.
To learn more about the President’s proposal, particularly the President’s groundbreaking plan for Early Head Start and child care partnerships, and to see what the research says about early childhood education, visit the Administration for Children and Families’ web page on the President’s Early Learning Initiative.