Saying No to Government Preschool and Child Care

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi claims that America has an early child care and education “crisis” that threatens our economy. Her solution is to adopt President Obama’s Preschool and Early Head Start/Child Care Initiative, and create universal government-run child care for all three- and four-year-olds. Yet, there is little evidence that expanding the federal government’s role in providing early child care and education would improve the quality of care, student learning, or affordability—much less the economy. Expanding government’s role in this arena is more likely to impose expensive administrative burdens and crowd out innovative, personalized non-government early childcare providers. According to the government’s own official evaluations of its longest-running early education program, Head Start, any learning gains quickly dissipate. Most fundamentally, the federal government has no Constitutional authority over the care and education of children. That responsibility belongs to parents.

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