Libby Doggett, deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning, will visit Bonham Pre-Kindergarten School in San Marcos, Texas, on Thursday, March 12, as the featured speaker for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new facility that will house 600 students.
Doggett will highlight the dedication of the elected officials and community members in Texas who are ensuring access to high-quality early learning opportunities for young children. She will also discuss the importance of high-quality preschool as part of the continuum of learning necessary for students’ future academic success and highlight early learning as a key part of a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – also known as No Child Left Behind.
Bonham Pre-Kindergarten serves more than 400 3- and 4-year-old children – with and without disabilities and developmental delays – and focuses on social and emotional development, early literacy, oral language development, science and math. Bonham also collaborates with Community Action, Inc. and the SMCISD Child Development Center to provide the educational setting for Head Start and Child Care Center students.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called on Congress to reauthorize the ESEA and create a bipartisan law that gives teachers and principals the resources they need, expands high-quality preschool for families and supports schools and districts in creating innovative solutions to problems that translate into better outcomes for students.