Providing children high-quality care and education from an early age has been proven to benefit both individual children and society as a whole. Yet, too many families can’t afford to provide their children the opportunities afforded to wealthier families. In some areas, there simply aren’t any programs available or those that are available are staffed by underpaid and underqualified educators. In Virginia, a recent survey of early childhood educators clearly reveals the  “long-standing disparities in teacher earnings and well-being” especially during this pandemic when these essential workers must act as both teachers and caretakers, especially for children of other essential workers, often without having the appropriate training or adequate compensation. If we want to truly invest in our children so they can maximize their individual and collective potentials to become productive members of our global society, we must: 

Higher education serves as a ladder for socioeconomic mobility. Although multiple studies show economic benefits of a college degree for marginalized groups, we have seen little progress in funding for racial equity within higher education since the last recession. At the same time, the cost of a college degree is getting higher, contributing to the increasing wealth gap in America. However, the systematic inequality in higher education is getting worse due to COVID-19. To address this long overdue problem for our higher education system, we must: 

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