U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Join Sen. Harkin, Rep. Miller, Rep. Hanna and Actress Jennifer Garner to Unveil Bipartisan Proposal to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Education Programs

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join Sen. Tom Harkin, Rep. George Miller, Rep. Richard Hanna and Save the Children Artist Ambassador Jennifer Garner on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10:45 a.m. at the Senate visitor Center to unveil a bipartisan proposal that would expand high-quality, early-childhood education for children from birth to age five. The proposed bill closely mirrors President Obama's Preschool for All proposal he announced during the State of the Union address.

Duncan, Harkin, Miller, Hanna and Garner will join D.C. preschool children in a replica of an early learning classroom, engaging in activities and games that underscore the importance of early learning programs that begin at birth. Early education advocates including parents, educators and members of the law enforcement, military and business communities will join the event in support of their legislation.

Forty states and the District of Columbia currently offer state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. The Harkin-Miller-Hanna proposal builds on the framework put forward by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union Address by accelerating the progress already made by states, pushed for by Democratic and Republican governors alike, and will help states that want to start or expand high-quality early learning programs. It will also build on investments in Head Start and improve access to high-quality early-childhood care and education for infants and toddlers.

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