|For Immediate Release: November 13, 2013||
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN
APPLAUDS BIPARTISAN INTRODUCTION OF STRONG START FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN LEGISLATION
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading voice for high quality early childhood education, applauds Representative Miller, Representative Hanna and Senator Harkin for introducing Strong Start for America’s Children, a robust agenda and investment in high quality early childhood education.
NAEYC has been setting standards of excellence for early childhood education programs and professionals for 87 years.
“For too many young children and their families, high quality and affordable early childhood education has been out of reach,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of NAEYC. “This legislation recognizes the tremendous responsibility we have to support high-quality early care and education programs that lay the foundation for school readiness, academic success, and adult achievement. Our children deserve it; our nation will be better for it.”
Investing in high-quality early childhood education will stand the test of time. Economists, business and law enforcement leaders all recognize and support a greater commitment to the early years. Recent polls show that the public overwhelmingly supports a public investment in early childhood education. To make real progress for our nation’s children and families, we must seize this opportunity to make these sound investments, to end the damage of sequestration, and work together to ensure every child has a strong start.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.