Press Release

AFT's Weingarten Urges Swift Passage of Early Childhood Education Legislation

For Release: 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Kate Childs Graham
202/393-6354; cell 202/615-2424

WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Strong Start for America's Children Act:

"Reclaiming the promise of public education must start early. That's exactly what this landmark bipartisan bill sets out to do. The bill gives the United States the opportunity to join and compete with a growing league of nations that invest in early childhood education. It moves us closer to providing universal access to all who want it.

"As a nation, we can't rely on a patchwork of early learning programs that provide too little high-quality education to too few students. We know that early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make to prepare a child for success in school and life. It's a no-brainer: When we invest in early learning, we invest in our children, our economy and America's future."

The AFT represents nearly 100,000 early childhood educators in a variety of settings. One of these educators, Constance Mourning, has been a prekindergarten teacher at Beers Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Mourning attended this morning's announcement of the legislation with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.).

# # # #

The AFT represents 1.7 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.