Family Research Council

State of Early Education


By Tony Perkins
February 06, 2014

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"One of the best investments we can make in a child's life is high-quality early education." Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Those were the words of President Obama said in his State of the Union Address last week as he attempted to browbeat Congress into spending more borrowed money. The President spent a considerable amount of his one-hour plus long speech talking about income inequality. He touched on education, quality jobs, government-funded research, forcing business to raise the minimum wage all as essential to social mobility and income equality. What was missing from his extensive list was what the research actual reveals is THE best predictor of upward mobility and success of children -- growing up in a home with a married mom and dad. Yes, more than any government-funded program the presence of a mom and a dad, who are married, in the life of a child is golden. The Equality of Opportunity Project found the greatest predictor of social mobility is whether or not a child is born into a home with a mom and dad who are married.

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