In the midst of an extremely polarized election, 90% of voters agree on one thing: Congress and the next president should work together to make quality early childhood education more accessible and affordable to low- and middle-income families. That includes 78% of Trump supporters and 97% of Clinton supporters. The First Five Years Fund’s annual national poll shows that early childhood education is one of the best ways for candidates to connect with voters because it is one of their top priorities – regardless of party.
Now, more than ever, voters are ready for policymakers to act on the issue and provide better early childhood education opportunities.
High-quality programs and increased access to such programs requires a significant financial investment on a local, state and national level. But this investment in early childhood has an unparalleled future return, both for individuals and communities, which is why it consistently receives bipartisan public support.
This election year, let’s make sure that early childhood education gets the attention it deserves as a critical issue for candidates. How can you help? Learn more about where each candidate stands on education issues and what they have done to support young children. Ask questions and find out more about how each candidate plans to address the critical issues facing families in this country. Make your voice heard, and become an advocate for young children and families in Durham, North Carolina, and across the country!
To view all of the results from the First Five Years Fund’s 2016 poll, please click here.