Americans can no longer afford to pretend that infants, toddlers, and young children are simply passive spectators in society. These young citizens without voting privileges need passionate advocates to ask tough questions of their elected officials.
Contact your representatives in local, state and national office (and those running for public office) so each one knows that Portland voters demand pro-child policies and accessible high-quality early education!
This is everybody’s problem and it’s gone on for too long.
Check out Nicholas Kristoff’s Op-Ed on the subject.
Here’s a segment to get you excited:
“Brain research in the last dozen years underscores that the time of life that may shape adult outcomes the most is pregnancy through age 2 or 3. ‘The road to college attainment, higher wages and social mobility in the United States starts at birth,’ notes James Heckman, a Nobel-winning economist at the University of Chicago. ‘The greatest barrier to college education is not high tuitions or the risk of student debt; it’s in the skills children have when they first enter kindergarten.’”