TODAY: Secretary Duncan to Host Press Call to Highlight Impact of Expanding Access to Early Education Opportunities in Every State

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, joined by administration officials, will host a press conference call today at 2:30 p.m. ET to highlight how President Obama’s plan to expand access to high-quality early education opportunities will benefit children in every state across the country.

Secretary Duncan will be joined on the call by other key administration officials, including Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Department Liaison for Early Childhood Development at the Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Michael C. Lu, associate administrator of maternal and child health of the Health Resources and Services Administration; and Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education, White House Domestic Policy Council.

President Obama has put forward a comprehensive early learning proposal to increase access to high-quality early childhood education for all children. On today’s call, senior officials will detail how these investments – made in partnership with states – will help close America’s school readiness gap and ensure that children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Members of the press who are interested in joining the call may dial 800-369-1829 and give the passcode “early learning.”