In Connecticut, black and Hispanic children fall behind their peers early on education, and never catch up.
Small differences in the early years grow over time. Children of color report only slightly lower rates of participation in early childhood programs, but this early disparities end up hurting their test scores in 4th and 8th grade. Once black and Hispanic children fall behind, they never catch up.
It is time to really look closely to the programs that are serving our youngest children, and look for results. The numbers show that early years are critical. We need programs that give all children with the tools they need to succeed.
Data from Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT release, Race to Results which can be viewed here.