Crawling to a Consensus: Can States and the White House Agree on Early Ed?
76 minutes

Research has shown that early education programs can significantly improve learning outcomes for the nation’s poorest students. With President Obama announcing a proposal to expand early education in the United States dramatically, interest in child care and pre-K has surged. But not all programs work effectively and states have had varying success implementing large-scale early-ed models. Can a national plan to enroll millions of children from low-income households in quality pre-K classes complement what’s working at the state level?


  • Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education
  • Bobby Cagle, commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Laura Bornfreund, senior analyst for the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative
  • Lillian Mongeau (moderator), early education reporter at EdSource Today.

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