Resolution on Universal Early Childhood Education

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WHEREAS, the United States has an interest in increasing the quality of education available to all children; and

WHEREAS, encouraging quality education in the United States is paramount to its success in the global economy; and

WHEREAS, there exists significant disparities in educational achievement and attainment between socioeconomic groups; and

WHEREAS, research has shown that high-quality early childhood education can have a direct impact on the success of students later in school; and

WHEREAS, high-quality early childhood education can provide significant economic benefits to states; and

WHEREAS, high-quality early childhood education is important to all children, not just those in targeted groups.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that The Council of State Governments encourages all states to implement strategies to increase enrollment in high-quality early childhood education programs, as well as create new programs so that all 3 and 4 year old children are served.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The Council of State Governments encourages research efforts to study the effectiveness of high-quality universal early childhood education programs.

Adopted this 31st Day of May, 2008 at the CSG 75th Anniversary Celebration
in Lexington, Kentucky.