Secretary Duncan to Participate in Brookings Institution Panel on Preschool, Discuss High-Quality Early Learning Opportunities

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in a panel discussion hosted by the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, where he will highlight the President's proposal to expand high-quality early learning opportunities to all American children. The President's proposed budget for 2014 provides $75 billion over 10 years for the administration's preschool initiative and another $17 billion for comprehensive home visiting and Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships. Secretary Duncan will outline the administration's birth-to-age 5 early learning plan and explain how the administration will work with the states to successfully implement the initiative. Former Congresswoman and former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Nancy Johnson will then discuss some of the challenges states already face in coordinating funding to support young children and their families and discuss how this new federal investment could help states implement effective high-quality early learning programs. The speakers will take questions after the discussion.

This event will be live webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter at #PreKPlan. More information on registration for attending the event in person, or for the webcast, is available from the Brookings Institution at