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Superintendents say U.S. invests too little in early education

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The majority of U.S. public school superintendents (80%) say their state is investing too little in early childhood care and education programs.

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Just 2% believe their state is investing too much and 15% report the level of investment is about right.

These results are from a survey of U.S. public school superintendents conducted by Gallup June 15-July 9, 2017.

Not only do the majority of public school superintendents say investment in these programs is inadequate, but about as many (77%) also say early childhood care and education has "a great deal" of impact on the long-term success of students in school - underscoring its perceived importance.

Few superintendents agree or strongly agree (16%) that high-quality early childhood care and education is available to every family in their state - with far more, 63%, saying they disagree or strongly disagree.

At most, 20% of superintendents from city, suburban, town and rural school districts agree that high-quality early education is available for all families, with those from city school districts least likely to agree or strongly agree (8%).


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