Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality

Source: Stephanie Schmit, Hannah Matthews, Sheila Smith and Taylor Robbins, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Fact Sheet, November 2013

High-quality early care and education can play a critical role in promoting young children’s early learning and success in life, while also supporting families’ economic security. Young children at highest risk of educational failure – those experiencing poverty and related circumstances that may limit early learning experiences – benefit the most from high-quality early care and education programs. This joint fact sheet, from CLASP and NCCP, reveals that significant underinvestment in early care and education programs at the state and federal levels has left large numbers of eligible children underserved.