Why aren’t we getting the most for our money?

by Stephanie Brown

Even though early childhood education is supported by $40 billion annually, a significant percentage of children do not go to preschool, and many of the ones who do receive deprived education.

According to the National Institute for Early Education Research, “some programs are of such low quality that they actually harm child development.” Children would significantly benefit from a great increase in community financial support for preschool programs and other early childhood education programs.

Consider this… 

  • Public funding for early childhood education hardly gets to half of the young children who are poverty stricken in the United States.
  • Public funding strategies are highly inconsistent and coordination among agencies is lacking.
  • Many children are left un-served or are relegated to poor-quality programs.
  • Child care subsidies and tax credits barely advance the value of early childhood education programs.
Source:  http://nieer.org/resources/policybriefs/24.pdf

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*Stephanie Brown is an intern with Parents as Teachers and a graduate of Maryville University.