First Five Years Fund executive director Kris Perry and other education experts shared what they expect to see in President Obama’s State of the Union Address with the Huffington Post’s Joy Resmovits. Read the full article here.
“We’re expecting to hear that one of the areas he’s hoping to do some investment in will be in early learning,” said Kris Perry, who heads the First Five Years Fund, an early education advocacy group. The Obama administration previously had states compete in an early education version of its Race to the Top challenge, which Perry said helped states develop the capacity to serve more students. She hopes any new program would build on that growth.
“I hope he [Obama] connects economic growth and jobs to the importance of investing in early learning for families that are low-income and have very young children,” Perry said. “There are many two-parent working families that would benefit immensely from having support for their young children.”