early-education

Many child care workers earn only the minimum wage. The median wage for all child care workers didn't reach $15.00 per hour in a single state. Not surprisingly, early educators report high levels of economic worry.
In a rural town like Hinton, Head Start was one of the only early educational opportunities available. It meant a lot to the families there, and still does today. I know, because it meant a lot to my family. That's right; I'm a Head Start kid.
We often hear about the need to prepare our children for the knowledge economy and for life as accomplished adults and productive citizens. This is a noble priority, but it is no more than empty rhetoric unless we take the tangible steps we know will prepare kids.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will force existing low-performing Head Start programs to compete for their federal funding.
The truth most World Cup nations know is: If we start them young, we can compete and win. The key to America's economic future is educating kids as early in their lives as we can.
Early childhood education is an urgent educational, economic and moral imperative. Without it, we face a long-term national economic security crisis.