The current early childhood education (ECE) system faces significant challenges due to insufficient investment and a lack of transparency in allocating funds. In addition to inadequate resources invested into the ECEC system, states’ inability to effectively strategically direct, track, and truly understand the distribution of all resources across different communities exacerbates the unequal access to quality education and care for children ages 0-5.
We need to "zoom out" and view the system's architecture to address these challenges. This involves examining how resources are allocated and distributed across various regions and understanding the interplay between different funding sources. A holistic view of the system will reveal the disparities in resource allocation and help identify areas where investment is most needed.