U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will visit the Judy Center at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, to observe a preschool classroom, read to students, and hold a roundtable discussion with early learning stakeholders. A press availability will follow the events. He will discuss the importance of preschool in providing a strong start for children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond and he will highlight progress in early learning around the country.
The Obama administration has made expanding high-quality early education a priority. The President's Preschool for All proposal calls for providing high-quality preschool to all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families. Through the Preschool Development Grants, we have invested $500 million to date to support 18 states in expanding high-quality preschool opportunities for children from low-income families.