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Expansion of pre-K is welcome, but it shouldn't come at the expense of the needs of infants and toddlers

The wave of support for pre-K is critical to improving education outcomes, but it should not come at the cost of equally crucial investments that start earlier in a child's life. Expansions in public pre-K enrollment have serious, largely unrecognized implications for families with infants and toddlers.

Caring for infants and toddlers is more intensive and expensive than caring for preschoolers. High-quality child-care programs require well trained, highly skilled teachers with the time and resources to maximize every interaction. While child-care subsidies are intended to help working families access care for infants and toddlers, they are not enough to cover the cost of high-quality care.

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