Pre-school children who receive early education are more prepared for school than other children the same age who havent been in school. Programs like Head Start ensure that all children, regardless of the income bracket of their parents, have the chance to be in school during the earliest years of development.

I will continue to fight for more funding at the federal level for affordable, high quality early childhood education and safe, quality child care. These programs help children and families in Illinois and nationwide prepare for kindergarten, so that they are ready to learn when school starts.