• Support a mixed provider delivery system that takes advantage of public, private, and nonprofit providers and their various settings.
• Encourage alignment between the early learning system and the K-12 system.
• Promote early learning policies as part of the community’s economic development agenda.
• Encourage the inclusion of early childhood data in statewide longitudinal data systems.
• Encourage states to adopt a Quality Rating Information System to distinguish between high-quality early childhood programs and those that need improvement.
• Encourage business organizations and networks to adopt a policy position in support of public investments for effective, high-quality early childhood programs.
“Early childhood education is not only a smart investment with positive returns, but it is the right thing to do. Our nation cannot afford the cost of inaction,” the report concludes.
“With current early childhood education resource levels, too many kindergarteners will continue to begin school ill-prepared, language skills and achievement scores in math and reading will likely remain at mediocre levels, costs for interventions during the K-12 years and after will continue to rise, high school graduation rates and postsecondary degree completion rates will likely remain unchanged, and businesses will lack the necessary workforce to fill the jobs of the future.”
Institute for a Competitive Workforce