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May 21, 2013 > Early Learning Plan campaign launched

Early Learning Plan campaign launched

Submitted By Jennifer Kern

On April 2, Superintendents, legislators, business leaders and child advocates launched "Californians for President Obama's Early Learning Plan," a campaign to galvanize support for the president's early learning plan and position California to leverage new federal funds.

"I welcome President Obama's call for making early learning a national priority," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. "K-12 education leaders recognize that improving graduation rates and ensuring our high school graduates are well-educated and ready for college and career, starts with strategic investments in infants, toddlers and preschoolers."

"Early learning is not a red state or blue state issue; it is a fundamental for every American child," said Catherine Atkin, President of Early Edge California (formerly Preschool California). "We come together today to applaud the president and urge him to stand strong and announce a robust early learning budget proposal that truly puts the nation's earliest learners first."

"For our companies to remain competitive in the global economy, our future workers will require high levels of education and training that build on a foundation that begins in the earliest learning years," said Carl Guardino, President & CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Chairman of the California Preschool Business Advisory Council. "We are pleased to join with other early learning supporters as part of Californians for President Obama's Early Learning Plan and look forward to working with our federal and state leaders on behalf of our state's youngest learners."

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