“Even if enrollment fully rebounds and we return to pre-pandemic rates of expansion, America will not provide access to preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds this century,” Barnett wrote. “Now is the time to invest the necessary resources to give every child — regardless of their Zip code — access to high-quality, affordable preschool.”

Walden highlighted the domino effects a lack of early care and education has on families and communities.