U.S. way behind in early childhood education, new report says

overhead view of group of preschool teacher and students in classroom

U.S. News says that out of 36 countries, the U.S. ranked 29 in enrollment rates for its 3- and 4-year-olds, according to Education at a Glance 2016, the 500-page report released from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.

“This is an area where the U.S. is left behind by quite a large margin,” said Andreas Schleicher, director of the OECD’s Directorate for Education and Skills. “When you look at early childhood education and care, they are quite low by international standards.”

WEAC President Ron Martin says: “This being an election year – we need to remind ourselves which candidates support Early Education and are willing to properly fund it so that more of our kids and families have access to 3 and 4 year old Early Education. We know that kids/families that have access to early preschool perform better in school!  For me this is an important issue and as poverty increases so dramatically in Wisconsin we must elect individuals who align with this important part of the education continuum.”

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