If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one explains pretty clearly why every child needs a strong start:

Morning Assignment

 

My oldest son has been going to family child care since he was about 6 months old.  Three years later, he’s still there (joined by his younger brother) and as you might be able to tell based on the above photo, he’s doing very well!  His teacher recently sent this to me after my big boy completed one of his morning assignments – he had to fill in missing letters in words.  Needless to say I was even more proud of him than usual.  And when I saw him later that day, he was beaming with pride himself!

That’s why all children need a strong start.  My boy recognizes and can read words in a story.  He’s learned how to count in Spanish, French, and Japanese.  He has good table manners, and plays well (as well as a three year old will play) with other children.  Just recently, my husband told me how impressed he was by my son’s ability to quickly add single-digit numbers.  I’m not bragging, but I’m just so excited that my son has such a positive outlook on learning at such an early age.  His brother is not far behind, and his classmates are right there with him!  In fact, a four-year-old girl in his class is reading at a second grade level!

Instead of worrying that my boys won’t be able to read, I only worry about where they’ll go to school and whether they’ll continue to be challenged in kindergarten and beyond.  I’d say that’s a pretty good problem to have, and it’s all because of their own personal strong start.

So how can we make sure all children have the same early learning opportunities that my sons have had?  The Strong Start for America’s Children Act is a bill that, if passed into law, would make high-quality preschool available to four-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families. It would also increase access to high-quality infant and toddler care.  Click here to learn more, and while you’re there, check to make sure your Congressperson supports the bill.

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