Six months of reporting and writing about U.S. public preschools makes clear that we trail the rest of the developed world in how and what we spend on young children.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign said that his plan will support families across the income spectrum.

Spending on child care, toys, games, books and other early-education supports has grown significantly among the country's wealthiest families and hardly at all among its lower-income families.

The Head Start performance standards, which were last revised in 1975, will require many programs to phase in a longer operating day and year.

Researchers have suggested that low-income parents are receiving the message that "these early years are important," says one early-education advocate.

Opponents of the proposal say those who signed a petition favoring the tax increase on cigarettes were shown an inaccurate summary of what the measure would do.

In the lower-income neighborhoods of Oakland, Calif., 70 percent of parents read to their young child at least three days a week, a local philanthropy finds.

The Head Start program in Prince George's County, a suburb of Washington D.C. engaged in humiliating treatment of children and, in one case, lost track of a student for about an hour, according to inspection reports.

Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, said she helped to create the 22-year-old program for pregnant women, babies, and toddlers. What was her role in supporting Early Head Start in its infancy?

Both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton placed a spotlight on the affordability of child care in recent remarks on the campaign trail.


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