Early Education Gaps by Social Class and Race Start U.S. Children Out on Unequal Footing

Early Education Gaps by Social Class and Race Start U.S. Children Out on Unequal Footing. Economic Policy Institute. Emma Garcia and Elaine Weiss. June 17, 2105.

Understanding disparities in school readiness among America’s children when they begin kindergarten is critically important, now more than ever. In today’s 21st century global economy, we expect the great majority of our children to complete high school ready to enter college or begin a career, and assume their civic responsibilities. This requires strong math, reading, science, and other cognitive skills, as well as the abilities to work well and communicate effectively with others, solve problems creatively, and see tasks to completion. Unfortunately, the weak early starts that many of our children are getting make it hard to attain these societal goals. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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