US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says that early childhood education, although long recognized as a critical component of basic education, has not received adequate attention and funding from the government. Part of the reason is 3 or 4-year old children do not vote. But the same holds true for kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and most of high school. Thus, it is really a question of prioritization. Budgets are limited and not every need can be met in this climate of austerity. It is therefore important to emphasize the critical nature of early learning and the fact that it is the best investment for the future generation.