It is a fact, backed by volumes of research, that there is great wisdom in providing an early education for children who have not had the advantage of a language-rich background.
The only question then: How are we going to pay for it, knowing that sufficient new money for early childhood education is unlikely? The answer is simply that we must do more with less.
America has never been effective in educating disadvantaged children in our public schools, despite the great benefits it would bring. Our economy, for example, will not improve over the long term until we break the cycle of poverty and prepare our young people for the job market that will exist in the later 21st century.