Early Childhood Education

Our Key Issues

Early education prepares children for a lifetime of learning.

Our Key Issues

Early Childhood Education

Early education prepares children for a lifetime of learning.

But child care is broken in America. 50% of families live in a child care desert, and high-quality programs can cost more than $10,000 per kid. That means millions of parents can’t access or afford early learning – and millions of children could start kindergarten up to 18 months behind.

Our Mission

We work to give every child a strong start in life.

90% of brain development happens by age 5 — which makes early education essential. SCAN is closing the gap by supporting policies that create affordable, accessible learning opportunities. We also advocate for child care workers, ensuring they’re well-trained and fairly paid.

Rural Voters’ Views on Hunger, Child Care, and Early Education

On behalf of Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network, the bipartisan research team of New Bridge Strategy (R) and Hart Research (D) recently conducted research among rural and small town American voters across the country. The study found that rural voters nationally are facing many challenges, with a significant focus on inflation and an increasing cost of living.

HELP FAMILIES ACCESS THE ESSENTIALS

Tell Congress to Expand the Child Tax Credit

Millions of parents are struggling to afford food, rent and other essentials, putting kids at risk of hunger, homelessness and learning loss.

Tell Congress: Kids always come first
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Tell Congress to Put Kids First

Early learning gives kids the strongest possible start in life.

Affordable, accessible opportunities give soon-to-be students the tools they need to succeed, ensuring no child falls behind.

Every child deserves a strong start in life. But families across the nation just can’t afford nutritious food or high-quality child care.

LET’S BUILD BRIGHTER FUTURES

Making child care fair starts with advocates like you — and every voice counts when you’re trying to reach Capitol Hill. Join the movement to help kids get a strong start in life.

Upcoming Volunteer Events & Trainings

Volunteer with SCAN and join a community of changemakers! There are endless ways to channel your passion for helping kids: write letters to the editor, participate in local events, fundraise or meet with Congress. Don’t worry — we’ll provide the tools you need to be a powerful champion for children.

Upcoming Events

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July 18 @ 6:00 pm – June 18 @ 2:00 am PDT

Postcard Party in Spokane Valley!

Spokane County Library – 22 N Herald Rd, Spokane Valley, WA

I advocate with SCAN because they believe in the same issues I do. They fight for the kid that I once was.

– Zeina, SCAN student ambassador

Advocacy in Action

See what our early learning advocates have been up to!

Victoria Zegler

Kentucky Advocates Lobby for Child Care

Victoria Zegler

MORE KEY CAUSES

Child Hunger

Kids can’t thrive on empty stomachs.

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Children in Crisis

When crisis strikes, SCAN speaks up.

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