Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Investing in Young Children
A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality

Authors: Stephanie Schmit, Hannah Matthews, Sheila Smith, and Taylor Robbins
Publication Date: November 2013

High quality early care and education can play a critical role in promoting young children’s early learning and success in life, while also supporting families’ economic security. Young children at highest risk of educational failure – those experiencing poverty and related circumstances that may limit early learning experiences – benefit the most from high quality early care and education programs. This fact sheet provides information about the percentages of young children in each state experiencing risks related to poor educational outcomes. It then shows trends in federal and state investments in early care and education programs and state policies related to both access and quality.