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Research has shown that 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those who are at risk for school failure, when placed in high-quality preschool programs are more successful in their future academic and social development. This policy brief calls for the improvement of early education and care in our nation by focusing on what is critical for the child, family, teacher, curriculum, and classroom.

This report estimates that in fiscal year 2000 only one in seven children eligible for federal child care assistance received it.

States report a variety of initiatives to improve the quality of child care, such as training caregivers, raising compensation, and increasing safety. However, few states have studied the effect of their initiatives on children.

A national poll of voters shows strong support for voluntary, universal access to high-quality, affordable preschool programs.

The first Census Bureau analysis of families who receive help in paying for child care shows grandparents were the leading child-care providers for preschoolers in 1997.