I strongly believe that we need to invest more funds in early childhood education. I do think it makes a huge difference for the students who attend and I think it is one of the main keys to closing the achievement gap.
National Institute for Early Education Research: Policy Brief - Improving Public Financing For Early Learning Programs
How we fund early care and education varies greatly from program to program, across states, and across levels of government. Most funding sources exist independent of one another, in different departmental jurisdictions and local, state, and federal governments each have their own funding approaches. This brief reviews sources and models of public financing of early care and education and makes recommendations for improving upon what currently exists so as to remove barriers to increasing program access and quality.
This policy brief is very relevant to what we have been reading in Teaching with Poverty in Mind for summer book club. Early education makes a huge difference for students growing up in poverty. They are the same families that cannot afford to send their children to high quality preschool and day care programs. Providing effecting early childhood education to all students will have a lasting effect throughout their lives — one of the main problems though has always been how to pay for it.
— Clay P. Bedford (via jmcquigge)