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  • Tell Congress That Learning Begins at Birth

    Did you know that:

    • Many children without access to enriching experiences fall behind before age 2?
    • Less than 4% of eligible infants and toddlers are able to participate in Early Head Start?
    • The Child Care and Development Block Grant is only able to serve 1 in 6 eligible children, and only 30% of those receiving services are infants and toddlers?
    • Investing in high-quality programs from birth-to-three boosts the impacts of preschool programs?

    A recent poll by the First Five Years Fund makes it clear that Americans want this to change, and they want it to change soon. The poll showed that more than 7 in 10 Americans want Congress to invest in learning opportunities for young children and 85% ranked giving children a strong start in life as an important national priority, second only to jobs and the economy.  79% of voters thought it was important to make available high quality early learning programs for infants and toddlers. These numbers show that, as a country, we recognize how important it is for children to get a strong start that sets them on a path to success in school and in life.

    Now we need to make sure our Members of Congress are on board. Enter your information below to tell your Members to expand access to early learning opportunities.

  • Make Sure Your State Policymakers Get Your State's Baby Facts

    Enter your information below to send your state's Baby Facts to your Members of Congress and State Legislators.

  • Take Action: Support the FAMILY Act today!

    Please urge your Members of Congress to stand with America’s families by co-sponsoring the FAMILY Act today. Use the easy one-click action below to send your message!



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