Boston, Mass. — In response to the release of the framework of President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation today, which includes an historic investment in early care and universal pre-K, Mark Reilly, Vice President of Policy & Government Relations at Jumpstart for Young Children, released the following statement:
“This is an extraordinary day for young children. When passed, this historic $400 billion investment will be a monumental step forward in making high-quality early learning accessible to all children, especially children of color and those from underserved communities. Quality preschool programs – particularly those taught by trained educators who represent the communities they serve – are the most effective way to disrupt the cycle of poverty and vastly increase students’ chances at success throughout their lives.
“We urge Congressional leaders to continue their strong commitment to early education and care that they have demonstrated throughout this negotiation. For the benefit of the families working to afford high-quality care and education, the devoted educators who provide that education and care, and the young children who are the future of the country, it’s time to get this bill across the finish line.”
ABOUT JUMPSTART FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart advances equitable learning outcomes for young children in underserved communities by recruiting and supporting caring adults to deliver high-quality programming to children and drive systems change through teaching, advocacy, and leadership. Jumpstart is also a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Over its 26 years’ experience leveraging the power of caring adults to close the opportunity gap for young children in this way, Jumpstart has engaged 58,000 college students to transform the lives of 133,000 children. Learn more at jstart.org and follow us on Twitter at @Jumpstartkids.