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“Opportunity starts at the beginning of each and every child’s life. And while income inequality and stagnant wages have left millions of families struggling, common-sense policies like preschool and high-quality affordable child care ensure that regardless of a child’s zip code or life circumstances, every child gets a fair shot at life.

“Each year we don’t institute universal preschool or a national child care solution, our children, our families, our economy and our future lose out.”

“The Kids Are Still Not Alright: It’s time for the United States to expand early childhood education programs,” by Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. News and World Report, July 21, 2016

 

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“Superintendent Mark Bedell arrived Friday for his first official day on the job with Kansas City Public Schools and wasted no time making his presence known.

“Before the day was done, Bedell announced his first policy move — a seven-hour pre-kindergarten day at no cost for 1,100 Kansas City children.

“‘This is a great day for Kansas City Public Schools and for the entire Kansas City community,’ Bedell said during the announcement at the Woodland Early Learning Center. ‘We must do everything possible to make sure our children get the preparation they need to succeed in school and achieve their dreams.’

“Expanded early childhood education was a promise Bedell made during his first visits to Kansas City as a candidate for the superintendent’s job.

“‘If money was no object, I would begin educating children at the age of 2,’ Bedell had said then, and repeated Friday afternoon.”

“On his first day leading KC schools, Mark Bedell launches a full-day pre-kindergarten program,” The Kansas City Star, July 1, 2016

 

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“I came to believe that the topic of high-quality early care, development, and education spoke to the future of a country I love. My reading of history, and how social progress is achieved, gave me the philosophical understanding that doing right by our children is essential for our nation’s future. It requires building a ‘movement,’ one for everyone’s child. A real ‘movement’ can never be built just for ‘those children,’ whoever they may be; it must be about all our children.”

“The future of our country is being built on our work in early childhood development. We all must play a role in helping every child succeed. We are overdue, my friends. Nearly 120 years ago, The New York Times wrote an editorial with these words: ‘Given one generation of children properly born and wisely trained, and what a vast proportion of human ills would disappear from the face of the earth.’”

David Lawrence, Jr., retired publisher of The Miami Herald and chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida, in his gust blog, “Investing Early: The Best Sort of Nation-Building,” posted on the NAEYC website, July 1, 2016

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“Like most of the country, Maine lacks a comprehensive early childhood education system, and we need to do something about it.”

“The first problem to tackle is access. Public preschool programs are available in just 64 percent of Maine school districts, and only about a third of 4-year-olds in Maine are enrolled. When private preschool is included, participation rises to 42 percent for 3- and 4-year-olds, but that’s behind the New England rate of 56 percent. For children from families who make less than 200 percent of the poverty level, or about $40,320 a year for a family of three, participation is even lower, and the prohibitive cost of private programs is a big factor.”

“Maine Voices: Prioritizing early childhood education would pay off for children, Maine,” by State Representative Teresa Pierce, The Portland Press Herald, June 20, 2016

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“We’re so worried about kindergarten and up, but we’re really not setting forth the foundation for education… In talking it through, I found that we really weren’t paying enough attention to early education.”

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo in Shirley Leung’s Boston Globe column, “Putting early education front and center in Mass.,” June 3, 2016

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“In elementary schools, principals must be able to foster a school culture that values early education, to understand what high-quality teaching looks like in the early grades, and to provide useful feedback and support to early grade teachers and increasingly pre-K teachers as more elementary schools offer pre-K for three-and four-year-olds.”

“Today, we are releasing a series of six briefs titled, ‘Principal’s Corner: Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in PreK-3rd Grade,’ that explore the findings of our focus groups. Our big take away is principals recognize that pre-K and the early grades are important, but feel they lack what they need to promote high-quality teaching during these years. ”

From the article “Out Today: Principals’ Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in PreK-3rd,” New America’s EdCentral Blog, May 5, 2016

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“I am a huge advocate for investment in family child care, for so many reasons. First, as I discussed earlier, when you raise the quality of family child care, you reach many of our youngest, poorest children, those in the greatest need. Second, because family child care is such a good option for working families, when you expand the supply of care, you make it possible for low-income parents to enter and succeed in the workforce. And finally, through building family child care businesses, you raise the incomes of providers, many of whom are parents themselves, and help them build better lives for their own families.”

Jessica Sager, co-founder and executive director of All Our Kin, in an interview featured on New America’s EdCentral blog, April 27, 2016

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