STATEMENT: Early Childhood Education Should Be a National Priority, Says CAP’s Carmel Martin
Martin Applauds Introduction of Strong Start for America’s Children Act in Congress
Washington, D.C. — Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, today released a statement on the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, legislation introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) that would expand access to high-quality early childhood education:
Early childhood education is a proven investment to ensure that all children have a strong start in life. With readily accessible, high-quality early education, our children start life on the right foot, and working families can continue to provide for their children. Legislators of all political stripes, in states and city halls across the country, have come together to support the expansion of early childhood education. With countries around the world devoting increasing resources to early education, it is long past time for the United States to increase its investment in its youngest Americans and remain globally competitive.
Access to early childhood education must play a critical role in any national agenda that seeks to reduce income inequality, fix our broken criminal justice system, and close education achievement gaps, and the Strong Start bill represents a significant step in that direction. As our country begins to engage in a discussion about its direction in 2016 and beyond, Congress should send a clear signal that investing in our youngest Americans matters by passing the Strong Start bill.
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