Issue

Early learning sets the course for a child’s lifetime, and high-quality early learning is associated1 with stronger academic, social, and emotional skills into adulthood. Yet, federal, state, and local policies do not support this reality, especially for children of color and children from low-income backgrounds. To address these inequities, our work focuses on increasing equitable early learning quality and access, high-quality and accessible data, and workforce diversity to ensure that our youngest learners get the strong start they deserve.

How Well Is Your State Serving its Black & Latino 3- and 4-year-olds?

Across the nation, far too few Black and Latino children attend a high-quality state-funded preschool.

Only 1 percent of Latino children and 4 percent of Black children are enrolled in high-quality state preschool programs. In 26 states where early childhood education enrollment is reported by race and ethnicity, not a single one truly provided high-quality and high-access for Black and Latino 3- and 4-year-olds.

Use Ed Trust’s analysis to see how well your state is serving Black and Latino early childhood students.