In Texas, 15,096 children under the age of three are enrolled in Early Head Start programs, and 32,906 3-year olds and 42,313 4-year olds are enrolled in Head Start programs. Overall, 52 percent of 4-year-olds are enrolled in a state-funded early learning program. This number is particularly impressive given that the state has grown enrollment by 7 percent during the last five years alone, and has overcome annual decreases in funding to do so. Additionally, the average annual cost of center-based infant care in the state is $8,495. Conversations about how to further expand access to high-quality early learning programs have increased over time, taking center stage in recent political battles on the state and local levels.