Supporting Young Children and Families: An Investment Strategy That Pays

Source: Julia B. Isaacs, Brookings Institution, August 2008

U.S. public investment in children typically begins only when they enter public school at age five or six. The care of young children before then is almost exclusively in the domain of parents. Yet many parents today are stretched thin, in both time and money. Despite the challenges facing young families, the federal government has provided little direct support.
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