U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement regarding the Supporting State Systems of Early Learning Act introduced by Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania:
“Today, Sen. Bob Casey introduced the Supporting State Systems of Early Learning Act, which would establish an Early Learning Challenge Fund of $350 million to help states build and strengthen early learning by raising the bar on program quality, improving workforce qualifications, and creating a seamless system of early care and learning that working families and children can rely upon.
I would like to thank Sen. Casey for his strong leadership and commitment on early learning issues, as well as his co-sponsors Sen. Durbin, Sen. Murray, Sen. Coons and Sen. Franken. I look forward to working with them moving forward to ensure support for high quality state early learning systems.
This is a unique moment in time when early learning is no longer an afterthought, but has come into its own and is recognized as the first and most critical stage in human development. It is time to transform early learning from a system of uneven quality and access into a system that truly and consistently prepares children for success in school and in life.”