With the September sun brightly shining, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and members of Congress joining preschool children in hard hats on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, you couldn’t have asked for a better morning to celebrate early learning. These leaders from Congress and the Administration—and the children who are our future leaders—came together with NWLC and MomsRising to emphasize the importance of supporting expanded early learning opportunities.
Secretary Duncan, Leader Nancy Pelosi D-CA), and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (C-CT), George Miller (D-CA), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), all made clear why children and their families need a strong start.
“It’s time to get together, both Democrats and Republicans,” to build kids up “because it’s long overdue,” said Senator Hatch.
Rep. DeLauro called for swift action, saying: “We don’t need further debate about the value of #Build Kids Up – we know.”
Leader Pelosi stressed that “When women succeed, America succeeds. And for women to succeed, we need high-quality early learning.”
Rep. Clark was in the spirit of the event when she declared that: “When we give you a good start: We #BuildUpKids.”
We hope the Senate takes a first step in expanding families’ access to child care and early education by passing the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant before they adjourn for their recess. That would make this a truly banner week.