Pelosi calls for investments in child care, early education

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the country should be making more investments in child care and early education

MEDFORD, Mass. -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the country should be making more investments in child care and early education.

The California Democrat said better access to affordable, quality early education and child care not only helps children and families, but is a long-term boost to the economy and country.

The California Democrat made the comments after touring the Eliot-Pearson Children's School at Tufts University in Medford on Friday to learn about the school's approach to early childhood education research.

U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark, Lori Trahan and Ayanna Pressley — all Massachusetts Democrats — joined Pelosi to meet with early education advocates.

The Eliot-Pearson Children's School serves as a demonstration facility, providing a training and observation site for new and experienced teachers and a research facility for faculty and supervised students.