White House releases “Plan for Early Education for All Americans”

Click Here for the Fact Sheet on President Obama’s Plan
for Early Education for all Americans.

In his State of the Union address on February 12, 2013, President Obama
stressed the importance of Early Learning.

Please read the following excerpt from his speech:

"Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the
better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10
four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most
middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for
private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack
of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their
lives.

Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool
available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in
high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on
– by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing
violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our
youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students
grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high
school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own. So
let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race
of life already behind. Let’s give our kids that chance."

Click here for the full transcript and audio of the speech.