REP. SUSAN DAVIS INTRODUCES BILL TO INCREASE ACCESS TO PRE-K EDUCATION

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December 15, 2013 (San Diego) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation to expand access to Pre-K education.  The EARLY Act (Expanded Access to Real Learning for our Young Act) would establish a competitive grant program where states could receive federal funding to make Pre-K education available to families with a combined income of up to 400% of the federal poverty line.

“The argument for universal Pre-K is not just a lofty moral imperative – it’s also good science and economics,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “Kids who receive high-quality early education are more likely to achieve success in both school and life. The research shows they’re more likely to graduate high school, earn higher pay, and live more productive lives.”

Today, only 69 percent of 4-year-old American children are enrolled in early childhood education programs. That troubling statistic places the United States near the bottom (26th) in terms of access to prekindergarten among our advanced country peers.  In our modern global economy, that means many American children start behind when they can least afford to. 

By extending access to families at 400% of poverty, this legislation would include middle-class families. With so much at stake, it’s essential to make early education available for all children – not just some.

The EARLY Act has been endorsed by the National Centers for Families Learning and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Comments

Dessert Trek

Why do you want to hurt our children?

early education

ok suzy, more ways for the government to brainwash and indoctrinate.  more taxpayer money going down rat holes staffed by union workers in a program that will never die.  

pre school has been shown to be a waste.  head start is a billion dollars waste with ZERO results.

go away suzy and lets fix real problems, like obomination care and the failing of our society and economy.

Dear Bums

So, you agree that education is a good thing, right?  It's a shame you were torn from your mother in the good old days.

Merry Christmas,

Tom Lemon

where will it stop?

So, why don't we just give the government our babies when they pop out? Then we could put the mothers to work in government sweat shops and educate their children properly in the Progressive way. Sure glad this 71 year old had a chance to be a kid before I was torn from my mother. Then that was the good old days when Ike was President and the U.S.A. had just saved the world from Hitler and Hito.