Without the chance to participate in high-quality early childhood programs like child care, Early Head Start, early intervention, and home visiting, gaps can appear early, sometimes even before a child's first birthday. That means that by the time some children reach preschool, they are already playing catch-up.
For babies like Rodney, who has developmental delays and parents who are low-income despite working two jobs, quality early learning opportunities will make all the difference. We want elected officials to expand investments in early learning for infants and toddlers, so all young children start school ready to learn.
You can lend your voice by signing this petition and joining our virtual Rally4Babies on July 8th. And remember: to ensure school success, start with the babies.
As your constituent, I am asking you to expand investments in early learning opportunities for infants and toddlers - because learning and development happen right from the start.
We're a country that believes in giving everyone a fair shot at opportunity. But too many young children can fall behind even before they take their first steps. Research shows that babies and toddlers need positive early learning experiences with their parents and other caregivers in order to thrive.
Without the chance to participate in high-quality early childhood development and learning programs, gaps can appear early, sometimes even before a child's first birthday. In fact, children’s academic success at ages 9 and 10 can be attributed to the amount of words and talk they hear from birth through age 3.
The good news is that we have a number of high-quality programs and services in place to provide those positive early opportunities for children birth to five, including childcare, Early Head Start, early intervention, and home visiting. What we need is for you, our elected leaders, to take the lead and adequately fund them by expanding investments in early learning that starts at birth.
I urge you to remember this: to ensure school success, start with the babies. When infants and toddlers get a strong start, our nation prospers. Learning happens from the start, and so should our investments in children.
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