You don’t have to go far to find evidence supporting the value and importance of early childhood education. Every statistic shows that ECE is critical for the well being of every child but for poor children, ECE can mean the difference between a life of struggle and escaping the socioeconomic bonds of poverty.
This is from a new article on nj.com highlighting the importance of ECE for poor families:
Silva arrived here from Brazil speaking little English and knowing no one. She got trapped in a bad relationship, gave birth to Alicia, then lost her job and apartment in a debilitating bout of postpartum depression. When she looked into her new baby’s face, only two thoughts came to mind: “What kind of father have I given you?” and “What kind of mother am I?”