Over the past year, the lack of universal pre-kindergarten for American four-year-olds has become a national issue. In 2013, President Obama proposed to fund an ambitious new nationwide pre-kindergarten program through a new cigarette tax. That plan failed to gain support, but Bill de Blasio gave new urgency to the issue when he swept into the New York mayor’s office promising universal pre-K for all city children—which will begin in the fall. Even as these efforts are being made, however, new research is making it increasingly clear that educational disparities start much earlier.


    In most of Europe there is universal, good-quality preschool for three- and four-year-olds. In America, recent data show that fewer than half of all three- and four-year olds are enrolled in some form of preschool. Head Start, the main federal program, provides preschool funding for only about two-fifths of poor children in this group.

Early education is so important. Why can't the US be more like Europe and other parts in the world and provide it when gains are most prevalent?? Even more research suggests that early educations between ages 1-4 have a significant positive impact on outcomes. Do it for the kids!

posted by thenewgreen: 1878 days ago