Invest in US: Better Futures (with John Legend)

invest in us. It’s a challenge to public and private partners, business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and you. Build a better nation by expanding high-quality early childhood education programs for children from birth through age five. When we invest in them, we invest in us.

white house summit on early education

In December of 2014, President Barack Obama hosted the White House Summit on Early Education, where he called on business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials, celebrities and members of the public to invest in the expansion of early childhood opportunities for children across the country through “Invest in US.”

Leading private and philanthropic organizations committed to new actions at the White House Summit that spur greater access to high-quality preschool and early learning.  Together with federal awards, this amounted to a collective investment of over $1 billion in the education and development of America’s youngest learners.  It included:  

  • Over $330 million in new actions from corporate and philanthropic leaders to expand the reach and enhance the quality of early education for thousands of additional children.
  • Up to $750 million in new federal grant awards announced by Secretaries Duncan and Burwell, to support early learning for over 63,000 additional children across the country.  These investments will expand high-quality preschool or grow the supply of early care and education for infants and toddlers beginning next year.
  • The launch of Invest in US, a new initiative created by the First Five Years Fund, a bipartisan non-profit organization, in partnership with  private philanthropic leaders, in response to the President’s call for action.
  • New private and philanthropic resources and support for Early Learning Communities, an initiative of Invest in US.  Invest in US will connect communities and states interested in expanding early learning programs and opportunities with 10 leading partners that have committed to helping connect leaders with resources, planning grants, technical assistance, and other support for their youngest learners.

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Quality early childhood education programs help children grow. Child care. Early learning opportunities. Great preschool programs. See how investments in quality programs pay off for a lifetime.