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PRE-K: Murray Applauds Early Childhood Education Investments in President Obama’s Budget Proposal

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on the early childhood education components of President Barack Obama’s FY17 budget proposal.

“Early childhood education is one of the smartest investments we can make as a nation to help kids succeed in the classroom and beyond. In the Every Student Succeeds Act, I fought hard to include dedicated funding to support early learning – a first for our nation’s primary elementary and secondary education law – and I’m glad to see the Administration is committed to putting that program into action. I also applaud the Administration’s continued dedication to investing in our kids’ future by supporting vital programs like Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grants, so children, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, get the support they need to learn, grow, and thrive. The President has continually focused on expanding access to preschool for all children. I share this goal and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure all children have the chance to arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.”