Research shows that children are more successful in school and beyond if they are given a strong foundation in the earliest years of their lives. ESSA includes new opportunities for states to strengthen and expand access to public early childhood education. Read about AIR's early childhood and child development work with respect to ESSA.
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24 Oct 2016
High-quality early care and education (ECE) provides a critical foundation for young children’s success in school and in life. Yet, in the United States, fewer than two out of three preschool-age children are enrolled in center-based ECE programs. This brief highlights promising practices used in many European countries to ensure all children have access to ECE—practices which can inform similar efforts in the U.S.