A broad spectrum of voters continues to support public investment in quality early childhood education according to a bipartisan national poll released this week by the First Five Years Fund (FFYF). The poll found that every single proposal tested—including expanding federal partnerships with states and communities through grants to improve access to preschool, tripling the current child care tax credit, and providing greater funding for programs like Head Start—received overwhelming voter support regardless of partisan affiliation.
“At a time when so many policy issues are divided along partisan lines, Americans from both sides of the aisle have reaffirmed their public support for investing in quality early childhood education from birth through age five,” said Kris Perry, Executive Director of FFYF.
Among the 2017 poll findings:
- 89 percent of voters support making quality early childhood education for children from birth to age five, including child care and preschool, more affordable for working families to give children a strong start.
- 86 percent of voters agree that quality matters and that child care should include early learning.
- Only 10 percent of voters say federal funding for child care and preschool should be cut. Eighty-five percent of voters say there should be increased funding for child care that directly supports greater access to quality programs for low- and middle-income children while their parents work or attend school.
- 81 percent of voters support providing a child care tax credit to help parents better afford quality child care and early education programs, with low- and middle-income parents who need more help getting a larger credit.
- 78 percent of voters support investments in voluntary home visiting and similar programs that help parents support their child’s early learning, health and social development.
- 57 percent of voters say they would have a more favorable opinion of their Member of Congress if he or she voted in favor of increased funding for quality early learning and care, while only six percent say they would have a less favorable opinion.
The poll was commissioned by FFYF in conjunction with a bipartisan polling team of Public Opinion Strategies (R) and Hart Research (D). The sample was distributed proportionately throughout the country and is demographically representative of the electorate.