President Obama To Focus on Early Education

In the recent state of the union speech, President Obama discussed a plan to advance early childhood education. Governing magazine writes today about the emerging details of that initiative. From Governing:

Obama said he proposes “working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America.” Few other specifics were immediately available, though the president is appearing in Georgia later this week and expected to talk in more detail about his early education plans.

Fewer than 3 in 10 American kids are enrolled in high-quality preschool programs, according to Obama during his address, and the White House later cited evidence that shows every $1 invested in early education results in $7 in additional revenue from higher earnings. Obama said in states that have already invested in early education, naming Georgia and Oklahoma, those investments have led to improved reading skills, reduced teen pregnancy and reduced violence.

Read the full Governing article online.

Center for American Progress report

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties
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