U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
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Brookings and APPAM to Present Forum on the Obama Preschool Initiative
May 20, 2013 04:30 PM
In his February 12 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed “working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America.” Two days later at a preschool in Decatur, Georgia, he called for “a national priority to give every child access to a high-quality early education.” The President’s budget for 2014, released on April 10, provides $75 billion over ten years for the administration’s preschool initiative and another $17 billion for other early childhood programs. Research shows that poor children who attend high-quality preschool are better prepared for school entry and may show other longer-term benefits as well.
On May 29, the Center on Children and Families at The Brookings Institution will host Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to explore the administration’s plan to help states expand and improve their preschool programs. Secretary Duncan will begin by outlining the administration’s plan and explain how the administration will work with the states to successfully implement the initiative. Former Congresswoman and former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Nancy Johnson (R-CT) will then discuss some of the challenges that states already face in making full use of federal preschool dollars and discuss how the new money could help states mount more effective preschool programs. Congresswoman Johnson will also outline potential areas of compromise between the administration and the states. Following their presentations, a panel of experts and officials will analyze the administration’s preschool plan. The panelists will also take questions from the audience.
The panelists will be Russ Whitehurst, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Brown Center on Education Policy at The Brookings Institution; Jenni Owen, Director of Policy Initiatives, Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University; Roberto Rodriguez, Advisor for the Domestic Policy Council, and W. Steven Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. The forum will be moderated by Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Famlies at The Brookings Institution. The keynote address will be given by the Honorable Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education. The discussant for the forum will be Former Congresswoman and former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Nancy Johnson (R-CT).
The forum will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at The Brookings Institution's Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW in Washington, DC. The forum will be live on the web; links will be provided to those who register before the event.
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