Universal access to pre-K is a laudable goal, but to succeed, family engagement must be part of the plan
The next few years could be a turning point for those of us involved in early education, and even for education in general. As part of theAmerican Families Plan, President Biden is aiming to set aside $200 billion to make universal pre-K a reality for the first time in this country’s history. It’s a large investment with a laudable goal, and it will no doubt help millions of children and their families if it passes.
For all the good it will undoubtedly do, however, it will ultimately fail in its goal to prepare all children for kindergarten if we don’t also focus on engaging families in their children’s academic lives.