A great education starts early, and we must do more to support high quality early childhood education to make sure our kids are starting school ready to learn. Right here in Massachusetts, Congress' failure to pass a reasonable budget is cutting thousands of slots for kids at Head Start. These shortsighted cuts are wrong for our kids, our families and the economy.
Katherine also knows that early readers are placed on a path to a lifetime of success. Children who are reading at grade level by third grade are more likely to graduate high school and more likely to have higher earnings as our future entrepreneurs and skilled workers. That's why Katherine passed a law in Massachusetts to help every child become a good reader by third grade.
Katherine will also build on her record of fighting to protect funding for special education. The research shows that early intervention works, but Katherine doesn't need to look any further than across her kitchen table to know it works. Her youngest son had a serious speech impediment as a young child, but with early intervention, he was able to erase that impediment by first grade. Early intervention saves long-term education costs and improves outcomes for millions of kids.
Because education is the key to economic success, Katherine will work to make college more affordable for families and keep student loan rates low so people can have the opportunity to get a college education. As a mom of three school age boys, the high cost of college is not a hypothetical issue. Katherine will go to Washington to work toward college tuition prices and student loan rates that don't sink our families and hurt our children for years to come. There is no excuse for Congress failing to act as student loan rates doubled for millions of young Americans.