February 7, 2013
AFT President Hails Plan to Extend Early Childhood Education
"The significance of these proposals is that they don't just help some kids—they help all kids."
In early February, the Center for American Progress released a road map on how the Obama administration could expand early childhood education to all children. The report calls for a federal investment of almost $200 billion over 10 years.
WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the proposal from the Center for American Progress to expand early childhood education to all children:
"The Center for American Progress' early childhood proposals, if enacted, would be a bold investment in our children's futures and help put all children on a solid path for success in school and in life. While we may not agree with every strategic choice in the center's plan, the significance of these proposals is that they don't just help some kids—they help all kids.
"The AFT has been a relentless advocate for expanding access to high-quality early childhood education for every child in America. We commend the Center for American Progress for joining a growing number of educators, policymakers, parents and others in demanding the investments we need to nurture and develop young children and to make sure all kids succeed.
"We look forward to working with CAP around these policies and ensuring investments in high-quality public education programs."
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.