The White House has released state-by-state fact sheets outlining what states could expect to receive in federal funding to expand early learning initiatives in their states under the President's proposal to expand high-quality early learning opportunities.
The fact sheets explain how the President's plan will
- provide high-quality preschool for all 4-year-olds,
- invest in high-quality infant and toddler early learning and development, and
- expand effective parent and family supports.
The Obama Administration proposes a new partnership with states that would provide universal, high-quality, full-day preschool for four-year olds from low- and moderate-income families, up to 200% of the poverty line. The President's proposal builds upon the strong work already done by states across the country. Governors have called for expanded access to preschool to more 4-year-olds, recognizing that early learning helps prepare young children for educational success, provides crucial support for families, and ultimately strengthens our nation's economy.
The goal of the early learning initiative is to enable every American 4-year-old to attend a quality preschool program—one characterized by well-organized learning experiences, guided exploration, art, and storytelling, led by a skilled teacher. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education will work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to significantly expand and improve services to younger children.
For more information, please see ED's early learning website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at [email protected] or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.