President Barack Obama is committed to providing all children including those with disabilities access to high-quality preschool opportunities. And although strong progress is being made, there is still much more to do to ensure that all children have access to high-quality early childhood programs from birth.
The Center for American Progress released 6 charts that show why policymakers need to invest in early childhood education now. Their Research indicates that access to quality preschool can provide improvement for children that will influence their accomplishments for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, not every child has access to high-quality early education, and many of children who could benefit do not attend preschool. These charts highlight, in particular, disparities based on income children and race.
The graph categories and data conclude:
- Low-income children are less likely to attend preschool
- Low-income children are less ready for kindergarten than high-income children
- Access to quality prekindergarten varies by income
- Access to quality prekindergarten varies by race
- African American children are more likely to have low quality interactions with preschool teachers
- High-income children are more likely to have high-quality interactions with teachers
To read more about the data and view the graphs, click here.