First Things First has identified a need to increase the number of children who receive high quality early care and education services in order to improve young children’s success in school and beyond. High quality early childhood services have been strongly linked to both academic and life skills success among children. Research shows that children who come from families with several risk factors show the most gain from access to high quality early childhood programs. This strategy addresses the identified need by allocating funds for the provision of high quality, early care and education in a center or classroom based setting. Funding will support programming for those children who may not otherwise have access to high quality early care and education during the two years prior to their kindergarten entry by either increasing the number of hours children participate in a high quality program or by increasing the number of children who can be served.