Early Thursday, the White House released their “Plan for Early Education for All Americans.” As you can see from the statement we released in response, we think this is far more exciting than roses and chocolates. The proposed plan represents a comprehensive approach to building a birth-to-five continuum, with investments in home visiting, a new Early Head Start – Child Care partnership, Head Start, preschool, and full-day kindergarten. It incents states to build upon their early learning systems and focus on improving quality. It’s great news.

But, as you all know, this is just the first step toward making that plan a reality for at-risk young children, and the plan outline raises as many questions as it does answers. While we don’t pretend to have a crystal ball that can foresee much of what’s ahead for this proposal, we want to share what we do know, hear your thoughts, and think together about how we can partner to rally support and build political will for these investments.

Please join the First Five Years Fund team for a conference call to discuss the President’s proposal and the federal early learning landscape:

Friday, February 15

2:30 EST/11:30 PST

Dial-in: 1-877-273-4202

Passcode: 1012504

Congratulations, all of you—your hard work is making this happen!