Early childhood education and school readiness is essential to preparing our children to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. Compared to other countries, however, the United States lags far behind on preschool, trailing a number of other countries in enrollment, investment, and quality.
Both President Barack Obama and the Center for American Progress have proposed significantly expanding access to high-quality preschool. The How Far Behind Are We On Preschool Infographic shows how far behind the United States is on preschool and makes it evident that we need to implement the president’s plan. If the United States is to train a world-class workforce, we have to catch up to the rest of the world on pre-K.