Obama made several pledges to make early childhood education a top priority in his administration. I just hope he comes through with those promises. Education for young children is a mess in many states.
Among some top priorities that the President needs to focus on are:
1. a uniformed career ladder for early childhood professionals who are trying to gain a better footing in the industry.
2. more funding for Head Start and Early Head Start, especially in poor, rural locations where a large portion of the families who speak English as a second language.
3. more mixed-study research opportunities for early childhood experts stemming more from locations like the Administration for Children and Youth and the Department of Education rather than the National Science Foundation.