Building a promising future for our country through investments in early childhood development

Neuroscience and behavioral research shows that a child’s capacity to learn begins at birth. Costly interventions later cannot fully make up for the lack of nurturing care and stimulation that build this foundation during the first three years.

Economists also tell us that the best investment our country can make in human capital is in high quality early learning. High quality programs provide long-term benefits to both the child and society, alleviating poverty and resulting in lower incarceration rates, higher graduation rates, better health, and a stronger ability to find and keep employment.

Among the world’s 34 most developed nations, the United States ranks 20th in total spending on early childhood education.  We need to dramatically increase our public and private investment in early childhood development as a nation to give every at-risk child access to high quality early learning opportunities.