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There is a tremendous unmet need for high-quality early learning throughout the country. Today, fewer than three in ten 4-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program.Yet the importance of early learning is clear. Studies prove that children who have rich early learning experiences are better prepared to thrive in kindergarten and beyond.

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February 24, 2014

The Top Ten List for Why the Expansion of High-Quality Early Learning is Inevitable

Thank you, Governor Beshear. It’s great to be back at the NGA. And I welcome this opportunity to talk about the role of early learning with our governors. On both sides of the political aisle, it’s the governors who are really leading the nation in expanding high-quality early learning, from birth to age five.

May 29, 2013

Opening Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Panel "The Obama Preschool Initiative"

My thanks to Ron Haskins, and the Brookings Institution, for hosting this discussion about President Obama's landmark proposal for high-quality preschool.

And I'm happy to see Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, who's been a longtime champion for children and a great thought-partner on the President's proposal.

May 14, 2013

The Truth-Teller of Early Learning

I'm delighted to be here, and thrilled to have an opportunity to honor the extraordinary life and career of a dear friend, and one of my heroes, Barbara Bowman.

I don't think anyone here will be surprised that Barbara clearly instructed me not to talk about her this evening.

April 29, 2013

Opening Statement, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan--Release of NIEER's "The State of Preschool 2012" Yearbook

Secretary Sebelius has been a great advocate for children and a fantastic partner with ED in our work together on early learning. I can't thank her enough for stepping up to do the right thing for children.

It's good to be back at the release of NIEER's annual state of preschool yearbook--though to be frank, I wish this year's analysis had more good news to report.

April 15, 2013

Value Choices: Investing in High-Quality Preschool

It's a pleasure to be here and to participate in the launch of the state's new Early Childhood strategic plan

My friend Governor Markell has been an amazing partner and an extraordinary leader for children in Delaware. And Delaware is helping lead the nation where we need to go through its Race to the Top program and its Race to the Top-Early Learning challenge reforms.

Key research studies on early learning effectiveness

A powerful research case backs up the Obama administration's Preschool for All proposal. Here are some of the key studies:

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Early Learning Updates and Notices

Email Updates

Sign Up to Receive Periodic Email Updates on Early Learning from the U.S. Department of Education

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Early Learning Policy

Strategy

The Department's strategy for sustaining the President's 2020 college attainment goal depends on improving learning in the earliest years.

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Programs that Support Early Learning

ED Programs

ED has a history of funding early learning programs. Some of the current investments include:

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