• February 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 2

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Early Care, Education Factsheet

Approximately 25 percent of children in the United States under the age of 6 live in poverty and 12 percent live in extreme poverty. These children often have limited early learning experiences, which can cause educational failure and other negative outcomes later in life. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) collaborated to produce a factsheet on young children's participation in and access to high-quality early care and education.

The factsheet outlines information about the percentages of young children with poor educational outcomes, trends in Federal and State investments in early care and education programs, and State policies that either affect or support both access to and the quality of these programs. Additional resources from CLASP and the NCCP also are provided.

Investing in Young Children: A Factsheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality is available on the CLASP website:

http://www.clasp.org/resources-and-publications/publication-1/Investing-in-Young-Children.pdf (874 KB)

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