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(Washington, D. C.)  President Obama announced details of his early education plan today.  The plan calls for a new federal-state partnership to provide low- and moderate-income four-year old children with high quality preschool.  It also expands these programs to reach additional children from middle class families and incentivizes states to provide full-day kindergarten.  The plan also expands high-quality early learning opportunities for children from birth through age three by increasing investments in Early Head Start and child care that meets high standards. These investments are designed to help close America’s school readiness gap and ensure that children enter school ready for success.

The following is a quote by NWLC Co-President Nancy Duff Campbell:

“We applaud President Obama’s bold plan that not only recognizes the value of expanding access to learning opportunities for four-year-old children, but importantly provides these opportunities to infants and toddlers as well.  By increasing support for child care, Early Head Start and prekindergarten programs, this plan gives children the opportunity to learn and develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life, gives parents the support and reassurance they need to work, and enables our nation to prosper both now and in the future.   Especially for the many parents struggling to make ends meet, this groundbreaking plan will put their children and their families on the path to success.”

 The following is a quote by Director of Child Care and Early Education Helen Blank:

“Research shows that exposure to early learning programs gives children benefits that continue for years:  They do better in elementary school, have higher high school graduation rates and are better equipped to compete in the job market. Now is the right time for America to embrace an investment that will yield high returns for its children, parents and communities. ”
 

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