Deputy Assistant Secretary Libby Doggett to Discuss Early Learning at National League of Cities Community Conversation in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, PA – U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning Libby Doggett will deliver remarks and participate in a discussion entitled “Pre-K: A Strategy for Philadelphia’s Future”at  the National League of Cities (NLC) Community Conversation on Thursday, Dec. 11 in Philadelphia. Doggett will discuss the importance of providing access to high-quality early learning opportunities to all children, research on high quality preschool, federal initiatives to expand access to high-quality preschool and efforts by cities to build on new state and federal initiatives.

The Obama Administration is committed to closing the opportunity gap and working with states and local communities to ensure high-quality early learning for every child, so that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. Last year, President Obama called upon Congress to expand access to high-quality preschool for every child in America, proposing investments that would support a continuum of early learning opportunity from birth through kindergarten entry. In January, he challenged more Americans – elected officials, business leaders, philanthropists, and the public – to help more children access the early education they need to succeed in school and in life. This week, the President convened state and local policymakers, mayors, school superintendents, corporate and community leaders, and advocates for the White House Summit on Early Education, highlighting collective leadership in support of early education for America’s children.