Who would you vote for and why if you were voting purely on the two leading candidates' promises on early childhood education?
Hillary Clinton’s presidential platform has six specific goals related to early childhood education.
- A substantial investment in child care that ensures no family pays more than 10 percent of its income to high-quality childcare.
- Universal preschool for every 4-year-old in America.
- A push for increased incomes for those who work in early childhood care and education to encourage a talented and effective workforce pool.
- A doubling of the national investment in Early Head Start and related programs to provide more assistance to economically disadvantaged children.
- An increase of financial and political support for evidenced based programs that provide in-home training and resources to pregnant women to give each child the best start possible.
- Greater availability and affordability of early childhood care on college campuses to limit the financial burden for student parents and increase the potential of their children going forward.
Republican Donald Trump’s proposals on early childhood focus on daycare, though there is a plan for Earned Income Tax Credit dollars to be placed into a savings account to be used for “child enrichment activities including private school tuition.
During the debate last night (18 October), when he spoke about education, it was about college.
Clinton repeated her feelings about early education: “I feel strongly that we have to have an education system that starts with preschool and goes through college.”
* This is an abridged version of an article by Marisa Sanfilippo, Oct 19, 2016, published at Good Call higher education news.