U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Participate in White House Summit on Early Education

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Participate in White House Summit on Early Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in the White House Summit on Early Education, hosted by President Obama on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Duncan will moderate Panel 1:  Public Investment Leadership to Expand Early Education. The summit is a convening of prominent business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and members of the public committed to the expansion of high-quality early learning opportunities for children across the country from birth through kindergarten entry.

At the event, President Obama will announce new efforts to enhance and expand the reach of high-quality public preschool programs in high-need communities. The President will also highlight new actions by the private, philanthropic, and public sectors to invest in and expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities in communities across the country. Over the last several months, Senior Administration Officials have traveled across the country to hear from local officials, education experts, business leaders, and the philanthropic community about how to best advance the President’s agenda to expand access to high-quality early education for all children in America.

This summit builds on the President’s call in his 2013 State of the Union address to expand access to high-quality preschool to every child in America. Since the President’s call to action, more than 30 states and cities have established new programs or expanded access early learning.

The opening and closing sessions of the summit will be open to pre-credentialed members of the media. The President is expected to deliver remarks during the early afternoon session, and the Vice President will deliver remarks for the closing session. Panel members will participate in breakout sessions; however those meetings will be closed press. Members of the media interested in covering the conference must RSVP.

Members of the media who wish to cover this event must send NAME, MEDIA OUTLET, PHONE AND EMAIL for each person planning to cover the event to media_affairs@who.eop.gov by Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 12 p.m. ET with the names of the sessions you’d like to cover:

  • Opening Remarks and Panel 1
  • Panel 2
  • The President’s remarks
  • Panel 3
  • The Vice President’s closing remarks

If we are able to accommodate your request for credentials, we will send a confirmation with further instructions and logistical details after the RSVP deadline passes.

NOTE: Members of the media who do not have a White House hard pass must also submit their full name (including middle name), date of birth, Social Security number, gender, country of birth, country of citizenship and current city and state of residence.

Full schedule:

8:25 AM Opening Remarks: Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia Muñoz
Final Gather for Press – 8:15AM at Stakeout Location

8:40 AM Panel 1: Public Investment Leadership to Expand Early Education
Final Gather for Press – 8:15AM at Stakeout Location

11:05AM Panel 2: Challenging Leaders to Invest in Early Education
Final Gather for Press – 10:55AM at Stakeout Location

12:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks
Pre-Set – 10:30AM; Final Gather for Press – 11:35AM at Stakeout Location

1:40PM Panel 3: Promoting Quality in Early Education
Final Gather for Press – 1:30PM at Stakeout Location

2:40PM THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers closing remarks
Final Gather for Press – 2:30PM at Stakeout Location

Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
What : Panel 1: Public Investment Leadership to Expand Early Education
Moderator: Secretary Duncan
Panelist: LaJune Montgomery Tabron, WK Kellogg Foundation
Panelist: Eric Gordon, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Panelist: Hiro Yoshikawa, NYU Researcher
When : Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 -- 8:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST
Secretary Duncan will moderate a panel discussion at 8:40 a.m. EST; final gather for press 8:15 a.m. (See below)
Where : South Court Auditorium
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
the White House