High-quality early learning programs put children on a path to success in school and in life — and they help parents ensure a better future for their families.

What’s at Stake Today

Children who attend high-quality preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school, go to college, and get jobs. They’re also more likely to be healthy and less likely to become involved with crime. But right now, only about half of three- and four-year-olds in the United States go to preschool — and low- and moderate-income children are the least likely to attend.

What Is NWLC Doing?

Many states invest in preschool programs, but most serve only a fraction of their four-year-olds, and fewer of their three-year-olds. In recent years, some states have made notable progress in expanding access to preschool, but in other states, progress has stalled — or hasn’t yet begun.

We support the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, which would help states expand preschool for all children in low- and moderate-income families and require that the programs give children a high-quality education. That support would give children the boost they need to succeed in school — and give parents the peace of mind they need to be productive at work. We also work for increased federal investments in preschool.

Working with state and national partners, we’re urging Congress to pass this essential piece of legislation so that all children, regardless of where their families fall on the income spectrum, can get off to a strong start. And we’re working with advocates and policy makers to encourage continued progress at the state and local level.