Between the time of birth and age three, research shows that a child’s brain doubles in size. High quality childcare can promote the mental development of children and their later success in school. These programs, including some with medical care, are credited with improving the reading, mathematics, language and social skills of those children enrolled. Quality preschool programs also help narrow the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged children and their peers. Studies show that each dollar spent today on quality preschool programs will return seven dollars to society in the future. The demand for quality early education is growing as more mothers join the workforce. However, there is a drastic shortage of affordable quality preschool programs that are available to many working families. Recent surveys have found that only about half of our 3 and 4 year old children are now enrolled in some type of preschool program. Education advocates say the quality of early childhood education is primarily related to low child-to-staff ratios, staff education, experience, salaries and specialized training.
S.519 & H.R.1041 – PRE-K Act
I oppose reforming current early childhood education policy and wish to defeat S.519 & H.R.1041
I support awarding matching grants to states to enhance or improve state-funded preschool programs that have curricula aligned with state early learning standards; using nationally-established or best practices for class size and teacher-to-student ratios; requiring each teacher to have at least an associate degree in early childhood education or a related field, and baccalaureate degree within 5 years; requiring such programs to operate for at least a full academic year, and wish to pass S.519 & H.R.1041