The President visits a preschool in Maryland
President Obama announced his early learning plan for the nation in February. It was the first time a president made early learning a national priority. Can I say it again?
The first time education and care for our youngest made the national stage.
But this isn’t about a presidential statement. Early learning for all Americans is about a national investment in a winning strategy. If our society were a stock market, infants, toddlers and preschoolers are the BIG BUSINESS SUCCESS STORIES.(i.e., think Apple and Microsoft). Without a doubt our youngest are a winning long-term investment.
Why? Simply because so much happens in the earliest years, neurons are firing with each moment and at their fastest rate from birth until about age 3. By ensuring infants, toddlers and preschoolers get the best high quality education and care before entering kindergarten, we’re banking on a future that improves families, communities and, ultimately, society.
Early learners finish high school, they go to college, they stay out of jail, they stay employed. These are facts we’ve long learned through research, but haven’t acted on with strong enough or far-reaching policy solutions.
The 2013 early learning plan is a national kick-start toward reaching a critical goal line.
At Child Care Aware of America, we are thrilled to be one of the leading organizations supporting the national early learning plan in multiple settings, increased quality and access to child care, highly trained providers, and empowered parents.
But we’re not there yet. The success of a national early learning plan depends on you. Your voice, your support, your decision to demand high quality child care and early learning environments, not just for your children – but for all children.
Let’s not drop the ball. Help us gain yards on the field. When we get there, we all win.
Like this blog? Read more on the National Women’s Law Center Blog Carnival for the Early Learning Day of Action.