“Building and Supporting an Aligned System:
The impact of high-quality early learning experiences is well established, particularly for children at risk for underachievement. Yet there have only been marginal strides in creating and supporting an infrastructure that provides all children and families with access to these crucial early learning opportunities that are so vital to our nation’s education, civic, and economic prosperity.
Research shows that children who begin formal schooling behind their peers are likely to stay behind and are more at risk of dropping out of school. This is a tragedy of epic proportions—most of these children are destined to lead permanently challenged lives, often adversely affecting their families and our society.