SchoolQuality_fig5Why does the country need a federal investment in preschool? The Center for American Progress says:

Research indicates that access to quality preschool can provide a boost for children that will influence their success for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, not every child has access to high-quality early education, and many of children who could benefit do not attend preschool. This is particularly true for low-income children and children of color.”

The center makes its case in six charts that look at how race and income affect children’s preschool experiences.

“The longer policymakers wait to invest in American children, the less likely it is that they will achieve their full potential.”