There is a tremendous unmet need for high-quality early learning throughout the country. Today, fewer than three in ten 4-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program.Yet the importance of early learning is clear. Studies prove that children who have rich early learning experiences are better prepared to thrive in kindergarten and beyond.
Thank you, Governor Beshear. It’s great to be back at the NGA. And I welcome this opportunity to talk about the role of early learning with our governors. On both sides of the political aisle, it’s the governors who are really leading the nation in expanding high-quality early learning, from birth to age five.
Opening Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Panel "The Obama Preschool Initiative"
My thanks to Ron Haskins, and the Brookings Institution, for hosting this discussion about President Obama's landmark proposal for high-quality preschool.
And I'm happy to see Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, who's been a longtime champion for children and a great thought-partner on the President's proposal.
I'm delighted to be here, and thrilled to have an opportunity to honor the extraordinary life and career of a dear friend, and one of my heroes, Barbara Bowman.
I don't think anyone here will be surprised that Barbara clearly instructed me not to talk about her this evening.
Opening Statement, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan--Release of NIEER's "The State of Preschool 2012" Yearbook
Secretary Sebelius has been a great advocate for children and a fantastic partner with ED in our work together on early learning. I can't thank her enough for stepping up to do the right thing for children.
It's good to be back at the release of NIEER's annual state of preschool yearbook--though to be frank, I wish this year's analysis had more good news to report.
It's a pleasure to be here and to participate in the launch of the state's new Early Childhood strategic plan
My friend Governor Markell has been an amazing partner and an extraordinary leader for children in Delaware. And Delaware is helping lead the nation where we need to go through its Race to the Top program and its Race to the Top-Early Learning challenge reforms.
A powerful research case backs up the Obama administration's Preschool for All proposal. Here are some of the key studies:
ED has a history of funding early learning programs. Some of the current investments include: