As the father of triplets and a former school transportation supervisor, I understand the need to invest in early childhood education, like Head Start, so that every child has the foundation for success from cradle to career. My Promise Neighborhoods Act will support community-based efforts to level the playing field for low-income children and narrow educational disparities that exist in many of our communities. Furthermore, I strongly believe in reforming No Child Left Behind so that schools and teachers are rewarded based on their successes rather than punished for their failures, teachers are compensated fairly, and students have modern schools and technology to compete globally. Moreover, higher education is not only a pathway to success, but making college affordable is essential to growing our economy. As such, we must continue to invest in Pell Grants and reduce the soaring costs of higher education because no child should be denied an opportunity to get a college degree simply because they cannot afford it.