Early Childhood Education
Investing in early childhood education, which includes evidence-based home visiting,
high-quality pre-K and child care programs for children from birth until age 5, is one of
the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty.
Studies show that children who receive a high-quality early education are 20%
more likely to graduate from high school and, on average, earn a 50% higher income.
What We’re Doing
Through a combination of government relations, communications and grassroots mobilization,
we build relationships with the public and policymakers to increase investments in high-quality
early childhood education.
We empower our grassroots network of more than 280,000 advocates to raise their voices and
lobby their local, state and federal lawmakers to invest in kids. By joining together, we become a
force that turns advocacy into policy wins for kids.
What You Can Do
When I began my first read aloud with the class, one student named Julio raised his hand and asked me what I was holding. When children aren’t given the tools to learn prior to kindergarten, they are then expected to retain all the information they might’ve missed in one year.
As many state legislative sessions wrap-up across the country, we’re taking a moment to recognize the many investments states have made in early childhood education.
Reading is powerful. It changes lives. It grows minds. That’s why I’m so excited to take part in Save the Children’s 100 Days of Reading campaign to help improve literacy for children across rural America.