Brown v. Board of Education

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By: J. Glenn Hopkins, President/CEO

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, declaring that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.  Sadly, 60 years later, according to a recently released report by the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), access to high quality early education is still anything but equal in the United States.  

Access to quality early care and education programs "is highly unequal, despite the extent to which public policy at federal and state levels targets disadvantaged children," the report authors concluded.  "In part, this is because targeted programs too often are not high quality.  Also, targeting is not as effective in reaching disadvantaged populations as policymakers naively assume."

For 75 years, Hopkins House has held the view that all children have an inherent right and deserve access to early care and education worthy of their promise as individuals and as citizens of this country.
Hopkins House has devoted its resources to providing the highest quality preschool education for all children, and especially those from low-income and minority backgrounds who have been historically denied equal access to quality care. We employ the best trained and most experienced educators, provide amply resourced, clean, and safe learning environments, encourage and support robust family engagement, and hold the highest expectations for the future achievements of our Preschool Academy Young Scholars.

At the core of this commitment is the principle that parents should have only one choice when it comes to child care, and that is high quality.  Parents should have no doubt, when they enroll their children at Hopkins House, that they will receive the very best preparation for kindergarten and life, will be safe and well treated, and will thrive to his or her fullest potential.  This is true whether the children are enrolled at our preschool academy in the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, or the Town of Herndon; whether that child is from a single-parent or two parent family; rich or poor; male or female; black or white.  

"We reaffirm our belief that all children deserve an education worthy of their promise," President Barack Obama wrote in marking this 60th anniversary. We agree wholeheartedly with the President.



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