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

Science tells us that prenatally to age three is the critical time to build the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Supporting children’s physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development needs prenatally and up to age three is what builds a strong foundation for success in school and in life.

Economists have proven that investments in high-quality early learning payoff: lower poverty and incarceration rates, better health, higher graduation rates, and adults more prepared to find and keep employment.

We must dramatically increase public and private investments in our youngest learners. And we must do this in a way that addresses the deep disparities along racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic differences. We are committed to ensuring equitable access to, and participation in, high-quality services.