Our country is as strong as how well we value our youngest children
Brain scientists, educators, economists and public health experts have long agreed that the best chance for long-term success for at-risk children begins at birth. Research has proven that early childhood education is a smart investment, showing a 7% to 10% return on every dollar invested. And in a recent poll, a majority of voters placed children’s access to a strong head start in life high among the nation’s priorities.
Learn why the first years of children’s lives are so important and why a conscientious public investment in their education and care is paramount to children, families and communities.
What does quality look like in early learning? The quality of a child’s future depends on the quality of caregiving in the first five years.
Learn more about the current early childhood landscape, its systems and the political efforts being taken to support the work that positions children to succeed and communities to thrive.
The Ounce of Prevention Fund gives children in poverty the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest quality care and education from birth to age five.
See how far we’ve come in helping raise public awareness of and investment in early childhood and the distance we have yet to go: