Early Childhood Education

School Readiness

Let’s give students an early start

High-quality education before age 5 yields significant long-term benefits

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Full-day, publicly funded, quality kindergarten should be mandatory in all states, but right now, only 14 states and the District of Columbia require this.
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Optional free, publicly funded, quality "universal" pre-kindergarten programs for all 3-and 4-year-olds children should be available.. Three states are moving toward this: Georgia, New York and Oklahoma.
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Federal funds should make pre-kindergarten programs available for all 3- and 4-year-old children from disadvantaged families. tate and local governments should provide the additional funds necessary to make pre-kindergarten available for all 3- and 4-year olds.
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Early childhood education needs dedicated funding. Public schools should be the primary provider of pre-kindergarten programs, and additional funding must be allocated to finance them in the same manner as K-12 schools.
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The most effective early childhood educators have at least a four-year college degree, and all early childhood educators deserve comparable salaries and benefits as similarly educated and experienced educators working in public school settings.

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