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Building Bipartisan Support for Early Childhood Excellence

A growing body of research shows that access to quality care and learning in the first years of life is crucial for building a strong foundation that allows children to succeed.

Still, the current political environment has complicated a vital national conversation on increasing child care quality and access.

The Bipartisan Policy Center contracted with Luntz Global to survey conservative and liberal viewpoints on child care and early learning.  You can review the key survey findings on the BPC website.

One overwhelming conclusion from this research: conservatives and liberals alike recognize that early childhood development is critical to the wellbeing of the nation as a whole and even align on some possible policy approaches.

The data revealed important areas of consensus: American families are struggling and need help; cost is a primary challenge to accessing quality care; childcare workers deserve more support – namely, a living wage.

Given these commonalities, how can advocates most effectively communicate the importance of quality child care and early learning opportunities to all Americans, regardless of political leanings?

Matt George, a partner at Luntz Global Partners, joined Linda Smith, Director of Early Childhood Policy at BPC, to lead a webinar conversation to better understand how Americans view early childhood and how advocates can best communicate the need for investment in early care and learning to all stakeholders.