Early Learning And Public Opinion

Fact Sheet | March 1, 2002

Executive Summary

Key Findings

A strong majority of voters support greater state and local government focus on early childhood development and education efforts:

  • 80% favor changing the focus of child care to an early childhood education environment by raising standards for child care workers, providing money for training and professional development, and increasing salaries.
  • 76% favor providing funds to make voluntary, all-day kindergarten available to all 5 year olds.
  • 75% favor providing funds to make voluntary, high quality preschool available to all 3 and 4 year olds.

Strong majorities also agree with the basic arguments in support of strengthening early learning and care:

  • 93% agree that early childhood experiences affect later learning. 
  • 78% agree that quality early childhood education prevents crime.

In addition, strong majorities also support an expanded government/taxpayer role in early learning and care:

  •  80% agree that tax dollars should be used to support learning programs for young children.

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