Yesterday was a historic day at the White House. President Obama hosted an early education summit that included an announcement about increased resources for young children and families.
The White House Summit on Early Education brought together a wide range of stakeholders — mayors, school superintendents, members of Congress, philanthropists, funders, and corporate and community leaders — who shared their work on providing high-quality preschool programs.
And President Obama announced that states had won over $1 billion in early childhood grant awards. The president also announced an additional $330 million in private funding.
“Early education is a win for everyone,” Obama said in his summit speech. High-quality programs give children a strong start and they save taxpayer dollars. And as Obama pointed out, progress has been bipartisan. Red and blue states including Oklahoma and Georgia and New York and New Jersey have boosted their commitment to high-quality preschool. (more…)