Issue Position: Education
Early Childhood Education
Comprehensive early childhood education is essential in shaping the way children think, learn, and behave for the rest of their lives. Research shows that quality child care, preschool and afterschool programs impact the physical, cognitive and social development of children. For over forty years, Head Start and a number of other federal programs have successfully provided educational services as well as health, nutrition, and other services to low-income children to prepare them to enter kindergarten
In the state of Connecticut there are over 7,000 children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start and 4,500 on waiting lists for child care assistance. Despite the continued need and positive results of programs like Head Start, President Bush's fiscal year 2007 budget provides no new money for Head Start, thereby cutting 19,000 children across the country from the program next year. I will continue to support early childhood programs that lay the foundation for the future success of every child in school.