Lesley, of Washington, D.C., is president of First Focus, a bipartisan organization that advocates for children and families in policy and budget decisions. Rooker is executive director of Voices for Children in Nebraska.
In America, a child’s ability — not the circumstances of birth — should determine his or her future. But today, a family’s income has everything to do with whether children succeed. Good-quality pre-kindergarten education can make all the difference.