Congresswoman Susan Davis Introduces Bill to Expand Access to Early Education
As the view of early education as a national priority continues to grow, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation to provide access to Pre-K education for low- and middle-income families. The EARLY Act (Expanded Access to Real Learning for our Young Act) would set up partnership between states and the federal government to make Pre-K education available to millions of children at no cost.
“The argument for universal Pre-K is not just a moral imperative – it’s also good science and economics,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “Kids who receive high-quality early education are more likely to achieve success in both school and life. The research shows they’re more likely to graduate high school, earn higher pay, and live more productive lives.”
The EARLY Act would:
Today, only 69 percent of 4-year-old American children are enrolled in early childhood education programs. That troubling statistic places the United States near the bottom (26th) in terms of access to prekindergarten among our advanced country peers. In our modern global economy, that means many American children start behind when they can least afford to.
Extensive research into early education has determined that a quality program not only improves academic success of the student but it reduces the potential for future involvement in crime.
The EARLY Act has been endorsed by the National Centers for Families Learning and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.