Research shows that the first five years of a child’s life are very critical in regard to long-term learning and education. And studies have indicated that children who do not have the advantage of being prepared properly before entering kindergarten have a disadvantaged learning curve compared to those who start school prepared. Most countries realize that investments in early education help build a smarter, healthier and stronger society.
Free public preschools are available all across Europe. Almost all 4-year-olds in England, Luxemburg and the Netherlands go to public school. So do more than 70 percent of Greek children of preschool age, more than 80 percent of Spanish children, and more than 90 percent of those in Germany, Denmark and Italy.
According to recent articles following preschool education in our country and the funding available, and the fact that only 24% of 4 year olds are currently served by U.S. state-funded preschool programs, there are even more plans in the Congress to reduce funding in this area.
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