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The White House Early Learning Summit is calling. Thanks to quality teaching and tireless dedication of early learning professionals over the past decades our country’s highest offices are now identifying that work as the pivotal piece to improving our communities. Studies show that for every dollar invested in high-quality early learning programs there is at least a $7 rate of return.

President Obama is hosting The Early Learning Summit today. After his State of the Union Address in 2013 that called for expanding investments to establish a continuum of high-quality early learning beginning at birth up to age five. Today the President will “announce the states and communities that will receive $250 million in Preschool Development Grants and $500 million in Early Head Start Child Care Partnership awards”.

This is an exciting time in early childhood education. The first years of our learners are finally getting attention and the support they need. It is critical that legislators keep hearing the need. They need to keep hearing the voices of young children.
“Uncle Sam” wants YOU to speak up for the babies and young children in our country.

The states that have not yet put this plan into action need to get to work. Pennsylvania has been working on this for the past year through the PreK for PA campaign. The mission of the campaign is for all 3 and 4 year olds in the state to have access to high-quality pre-k. With over 300 throughout the state and 10,000 individuals endorsing the campaign’s mission, it is clear that Pennsylvanians are understand the value of early learning.

There are ways for you to help:
You can help be a voice for young children by signing the MomsRising open letter asking for action and investments in early learning opportunities like preschool and childcare to ensure all kids are ready and successful for school and life:

For those in Pennsylvania you can show you support by signing their online petition here:

Everyone can rally for the children by tuning into the White House Early Learning Summit today here:
Share what you hear on social media with #RallyForBabies or #InvestInUs

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