Event Is the First to Focus Exclusively On Investing in Early Childhood, Combatting Poverty and Expanding Opportunity Where It’s Needed Most
Mark Shriver, President, Save the Children Action Network
(Columbia, SC, Wednesday, January 6, 2016) – On Saturday, January 9, 2016, six GOP presidential candidates will attend the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity in Columbia, South Carolina.
The event, co-hosted by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), is the first to focus exclusively on combatting poverty and expanding opportunity where it’s needed most. Save the Children Action Network, the voice for kids, is a sponsor of the forum.
By age 5, a child’s brain is already 90 percent developed, yet two out of five American children are not enrolled in preschool. Without access to high-quality early learning programs, children fall behind. Many never catch up. In fact, 4-year-olds from low-income families are 18 months behind other 4-year-olds developmentally.
Investing in early childhood education is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty. Kids who start kindergarten unprepared are 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime, 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, and are 40 percent more likely to become a teen parent.
Investments in high-quality early learning programs lay the foundation for success later in school, career and life. Programs that start at birth and carry a child to kindergarten are the best investment for a strong future. High-quality early childhood education is an investment this country needs to make in order to give all kids a fair start in life.
Save the Children Action Network is the voice for kids. They believe that every child deserves the best start in life. That’s why they’re harnessing political will and voter support to make sure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning and why they’re working to end preventable deaths for moms and kids around the world.