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Letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Children and Families on Early Childhood Education

June 08, 2011

Dear Senator:


The National Education Association (NEA), representing 3.2 million educators across the nation, would like to share with you the enclosed materials in advance of this week’s hearing in the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Subcommittee on Children and Families, on “Getting the Most Bang for the Buck: Quality Early Education and Care.”

NEA has a long history of promoting access to high quality education for all children in public schools.  We are committed to making the same assurances to young children by supporting universal access to high quality early childhood education and full-day kindergarten programs for all children.  To this end, we urge Congress to take the opportunity to improve our schools and adequately prepare our nation’s children for success in school, work, and life through ESEA reauthorization.  We also support assisting states in ensuring access to high-quality, affordable early childhood learning opportunities. 

Attached for your information and use are:

• NEA Backgrounder on Early Childhood Education
• NEA Policy Brief on Early Childhood Education and School Readiness
• NEA Policy Brief and Fact Sheet on Full-Day Kindergarten

We thank you for your attention to this important information.

Sincerely,

Kim Anderson         
Director of Government Relations

Mary Kusler
Manager of Federal Advocacy