The Public Support Statement for Expanding Early Childhood Development Programs
The achievement gap, reading by third grade, the drop-out rate, workforce development, the cycle of poverty, economic growth — all of these issues would be significantly improved by expanding access to quality early childhood development programs. The mountain of research and experiences of other states and countries tell us that programs supporting young children’s lifelong health and learning, from home visiting to preschool and transitional kindergarten, could solve some of California’s biggest problems. What’s more, these programs more than pay for themselves over time.
It’s clear that California’s future hinges on making sure all kids get a solid start in life. As such, we support a comprehensive, quality early childhood development system that provides the education, health, and family supports children need to thrive in the first five years. Prioritizing such a system is fundamental to improving children’s educational and health outcomes and promoting the success of our state.