Poverty Scorecard
Rating members of congress

Early Childhood

Forty-seven percent of infants and toddlers in the U.S. under age 3 live in low-income families. That’s 5.3 million children. These children are at greater risk for behavioral, social, and emotional problems that will affect their growth and development now, and their chances in life later.

Programs like quality, affordable childcare and universal pre-kindergarten better prepare children to succeed in school and provide significant long-term benefits, like increased earnings, better health, and avoidance of criminal behavior. By supporting policies and programs that support at-risk families, our elected officials can make a real difference in the lives of these young children.

Votes Related to Early Childhood

S. 247—Expanding Early Learning Opportunities: Adoption of this amendment would have expanded and improved opportunities and access to early learning programs for low-and middle-income children, part of the vital effort to ensure that all children, regardless of their socioeconomic background, have access to quality early childhood education that lays a solid foundation for future success.

Issues in focus:

Budget and Tax

Early Childhood




Health Care

Higher Education



Public Benefits