NAEYC Survey Report

August 27, 2020

There has long been too little public investment in early childhood care and education. Our nation’s children, early childhood teachers and providers have suffered as a result. Now their plight has reached a tipping point as the pandemic makes us face impossible choices between fiscal solvency and safety. COVID-19 has already pushed the early childhood field to the edge of a financial cliff, as providers report. If it falls over, children won’t get the support they need to learn and someday be productive members of our nation. Parents won’t get the services they need to return to work—and our economy won’t recover from the crisis. The future looks iffy without more support for the early childhood field. So, government must give providers the funding they need to keep offering high-quality care.

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