Grow America stronger with early childhood education



Thursday, July 17, 2014 National Press Club

529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
Breakfast: 8:30 AM • Program: 9:00 AM-10:15 AM


The First Five Years Fund will release the results of a new bipartisan poll on early childhood education—as well as host a conversation between two high-profile former campaign opponents. President Barack Obama’s re election campaign manager and former White House deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, will discuss the political path for increasing federal investments in early childhood education with Kevin Madden, who served as senior advisor to former Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Early childhood education has become a top priority for American voters, with Democrats, Republicans and Independents all calling for major federal action on the issue. This new and compelling data will document public attitudes on the demand for early childhood education. Following a year of unprecedented state expansions of early childhood programs, in red and blue states alike, learn how states are responding to the growing demand for early childhood education and how the federal government can spur greater access to high-quality local programs.


Libby Nelson, Education Reporter, Vox Media (moderator)

Kris Perry, Executive Director, First Five Years Fund

Jim Messina, Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Co-chairman, Grow America Stronger
2012 Obama Presidential Campaign Manager

Kevin Madden, Former Senior Advisor to Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign;
Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, JDA Frontline


Press Contact: Andrew Brenner: 202-884-7337;