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Governors Tell Congress: Early Education Just as Crucial as Health Care, Tax Reform


July 14, 2017
Andrew Ujifusa
Education Week

The nation’s governors told Congress earlier this week that they considered early childhood education policy to be on par with big-ticket issues that often grab more of the spotlight.

In a Thursday letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate education committees, the National Governors Association said that “education and care for our youngest learners is equally important to our nation as health care, tax reform and investments in infrastructure.”

The letter, written on behalf of the NGA by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state and Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, connected early education to larger issues, saying that investments in programs for young children ultimately lead to a stronger workforce. They go on to say:

Every dollar of current federal investment in early childhood education and child care is critical to augment state efforts to construct and maintain this foundation. However, current federal programs and investments in early childhood must be programmatically aligned, focused on quality, and updated to maintain the pace of state-level early childhood innovation. A redesign of the federal early childhood education system would allow for these state-driven ideas to thrive.