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State of the Union: Proponents of expanding pre-K programs react




Teacher, Yolanda Carter, serves preschoolers lunch using portion sizes suggested by the USDA.
Teacher, Yolanda Carter, serves preschoolers lunch using portion sizes suggested by the USDA.
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There were many people paying close attention to what the President said in his State of the Union address last night. Among them were advocates for early childhood education.

So they were probably pretty happy when they heard this:

"Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child's life is high-quality early education. Last year, I asked this Congress to help states make high-quality pre-K available to every 4-year-old. And as a parent as well as a president, I repeat that request tonight."

The President went on to say that 30 states have raised pre-K funding on their own, and that he would create a coalition of politicians, business leaders, and philanthropists to get more kids into high-quality pre-K programs

For more on this we're joined by Alex Morales, President and CEO of the non-profit organization called Children's Bureau.