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State of the Union Spotlights Early Childhood Education

Once again President Barack Obama included early childhood education as a national priority in his State of the Union address.

More than 33 million people tuned in to hear the President’s opportunity agenda, which included raising the minimum wage, improving access to healthcare, creating new retirement accounts, launching new manufacturing institutes, supporting job training for 21st century careers and making next generation broadband accessible to 20 million students in schools.

The President also reminded us that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education. 

Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education. Last year, I asked this Congress to help states make high-quality pre-K available to every four year-old. As a parent as well as a President, I repeat that request tonight. But in the meantime, thirty states have raised pre-k funding on their own. They know we can’t wait. So just as we worked with states to reform our schools, this year, we’ll invest in new partnerships with states and communities across the country in a race to the top for our youngest children. And as Congress decides what it’s going to do, I’m going to pull together a coalition of elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K they need.

-- President Barack Obama, 2014 State of the Union

ACF has a focus on home visiting, Early Head Start, Head Start and child care, with new investments in developing social, emotional and educational skills for the youngest generation. The President’s plan strengthens it further by expanding high quality early learning opportunities to infants and toddlers through a new Head Start-Child Care partnership.  

Learn more about the effort by clicking here: President’s Early Education Initiative.

For the full text of the President's speech, click here: State of the Union.

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