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    Strong Start for America

    Let Your Voice Be Heard: Support Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013

    It was exciting news for early education advocates this week when Sen. Tom Harkin and Representatives Richard Hanna (R-NY) and George Miller (D-Calif.) introduced a bipartisan legislative proposal calls for a 10-year federal-state partnership to expand and improve quality early care and education for children from zero to five years old.

    “Decades of research tell us that from infants and toddlers to preschoolers, early learning is the best investment we can make to prepare our children for a lifetime of success,” Harkins says.

    Called the “Strong Start for America’s Children Act,” the proposed bill builds upon the early learning plan that President Obama introduced in his 2013 State of the Union address.

    As it is now written, the bill would allow states to apply to the federal government to receive funding to expand and improve their existing preschool programs. It would demand high-quality preschool, which would include but is not limited to:

    • Teachers with high qualifications 
    • Rigorous health and safety standards 
    • Small class sizes and low child-to-staff ratios 
    • Instruction that is based in evidence and is developmentally appropriate 
    • Evidence-based child-staff comprehensive services for children, including strong parent and family engagement nutritious meals and health screenings and referrals. 

    This proposal is promising, yet we need to do all we can to help ensure that it garners greater support and gets passed.

    What can you do?

    Learn everything you can about the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. For starters, here is a link.

    Write your local, state and national public officials to show your support of the proposed bill.

    Mobilize the people you know to rally in support of it as well.

    Publicly share your insights about why this bill should pass by going to www.PreschoolNation.org