New Entitlement: Liberal Think Tank Linked to Obama Produces Preschool-for-All Plan

Philip Elliott, CNS News, February 7, 2013

Days before President Barack Obama outlines his agenda for the coming year, a think tank with close ties to the White House is outlining a plan that would provide preschool for all children within five years.

The Center for American Progress proposal, released Thursday, provides a road map for how the Obama administration could move forward with pre-kindergarten programs for all 3- and 4-year-olds. For families with younger children, federal subsidies for child care would increase to an average $7,200 per child and the number of students in Early Head Start programs would double.

“We’re trying to ensure all children are ready to learn when they get to school,” said Neera Tanden, the president and CEO of the think tank and a former top policy official in the Obama administration. “Investing in early learning and pre-K is the best investment that we can make. The return on investment is significant.”

Education Department officials, including Secretary Arne Duncan, have signaled that pre-kindergarten programs would be a priority during Obama’s second term. {snip}

Under the center’s plan, Washington would match states’ spending on these preschool programs for 3- or 4-year-olds at an average rate of $10,000 per child—enough to cover full-day programs. The program would be phased in over five years, starting first with low-income students who, studies show, benefit the most from pre-kindergarten programs.

Children ages 3 and 4 would be eligible to attend preschool for free if they come from a family of four earning $46,100 or less. For families making more than that, the rates would be adjusted based on income.

The price tag for the plan is not small: Over a 10-year period, it would cost $98.4 billion for preschool, $84.2 billion for child care subsidies and $11.5 billion for Early Head Start—a total of almost $200 billion. Once the program was up and running, it would cost nearly $25 billion a year—$12.3 billion for preschool, $10.5 billion for child care subsidies and $1.4 billion for Early Head Start.

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[Editor's Note: A recent government evaluation of Head Start found that it has no lasting effects at all. See our video here.]

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  • Puggg

    Head Start didn’t work, and it’s been an expensive failure.

    So let’s spend more money on it and give it to everyone.

    Because, we can always rely on the trillion dollar coin.

    • The__Bobster

      And let’s hide increased funding for it in the Sandy Relief Bill.

      • Puggg

        And the Sandy relief bill by itself has eaten up most of the wonderful tax increase revenue (if it happens) Obama fought for and got.

  • The__Bobster

    “We’re trying to ensure all children are ready to learn when they get to school,”

    ____________

    I was ready even though HS didn’t even exist at that time.

    _________________________

    The price tag for the plan is not small: Over a 10-year period, it would
    cost $98.4 billion for preschool, $84.2 billion for child care
    subsidies and $11.5 billion for Early Head Start—a total of almost $200
    billion.
    __________

    Small wonder that Ol’ Bluelips can’t figure out a way to cut Federal spending.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    It’s all such an obnoxiously polite evil lie.

    Reminds me of “the Alliance” from the Firefly/Serenity show. This obnoxious, smarmy, paternalistic monstrosity of self perceived do-gooder government trying to show people “not what to think, but how to think”.

    I don’t want to think like them. I can’t. Tried it off and on for decades, but it’s a big Lie and and I hate it. I don’t care how goody two shoes they think themselves they are genocidal abominations.

    • concernedcollegekid

      “Not what to think, but how to think” is definitely one of my least favorite phrases in the world. Omg. That’s ALWAYS how classes and stuff that are supposed to send PC messages are prefaced… as if the more politically correct you are the more you have “freed your mind”.

      I hate it. Also I have been enjoying reading your recent comments sir; the phrase “obnoxiously polite evil lie” is so accurate here.

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

        I have found the very people who are teaching you “not what to think, but how to think” actually want you to think a certain way and get mad when you use the ability how to think to question the way they want you to think.

        They want you to “free your mind,” but they only mean that in terms of “freeing your mind” from your parents, not your professors.

        Notice my nickname: Question Diversity. I came up with the idea to use it when I saw a hippiemobile with the bumper stickers “Question Authority” and “Honor Diversity” next to each other. Questioning Diversity IS Questioning Authority these days.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          It’s like that old canard, “What we need is an honest discussion about race!”

          Which means “You need to listen quietly and respectfully as I pompously lecture you on how wicked you are and then you need to apologize to me (and give me money). Or I’ll call you the worse thing I can think of – Racist. Or get all “black on yo a$$, whitey!”

          The thought militia of totalitarian democracy love to skin and torture ‘em a “racist”, don’t they? Only when all are as “open minded” and tolerant as they will we be free…

          Hate them.

          • concernedcollegekid

            “What we need is an honest discussion about race!” Any time anyone says that I want to scream “AND IQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” But I don’t want to get banished from polite society so I keep my mouth shut… I hate being my age sometimes, knowing that within my lifetime this racial dam can’t not burst. It’s unavoidable and all of the remotely possible ways it could end look very, very ugly.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Thanks. Good to know college types like yourself understand. Spread the word… Be careful, but put it out there when you can.

        The Truth is the most subversive thing there is in a kingdom of Lies.

    • Triarius

      Most underrated show ever. People should check it out, it reminds me of how Southerners would be post Civil War.

  • Barrack Osama

    Children who these institutions were designed for are born ready to enter them.

  • http://twitter.com/AgentAxis D.B. Cooper

    Taxpayer funded babysitting for the inner city and illegal clientele.
    My mom back in the ’70s, between marriages, would’ve loved this proposal.
    Well, as i said, Obama is merely giving the majority population what it wants.
    I don’t see the Republican Party doing anything but scratching their heads about attracting more minority votes.

    • SFLBIB

      Democrats to Minorities: “Come. We have a free lunch for you.”

      Republicans to Minorities: “You personally will be freer if you provide for yourself.”

      Kinda hard for an abstract long-term gain to compete with a tangible free lunch in the present.

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

        You’re slightly off key:

        Democrats to Minorities: We have a free lunch for you.

        Republicans to Minorities: Here’s a voucher for a free lunch, redeemable at most any restaurant.

        • SFLBIB

          In that case, the only difference between the two would be the supplier. So why would the Republican Party be scratching their heads as D.B. Cooper said? All they need to do is print more vouchers.

  • bigone4u

    When a federal government hostile to whites began promoting programs that subjected little white children to all manner of indignity, white parents began having fewer children as a rational response. With the feds screwing with your children’s minds and bodies, it’s better to have just one child that you can look after properly rather than three or four. I believe that if the feds would leave kids alone, that the white birthrate would increase. Just a hunch, but if more white families could afford private schools, then they would have more babies.

  • concernedcollegekid

    Comparing this to the article a while back about Chinese eugenics is so depressing I almost can’t stand it.

  • http://twitter.com/seedymedia r j p

    Let me think ….

    If I had a kid of that age, would I put him in a program where it is guaranteed that one or two of his “preschool mates” would approach the leader to say “Miss —–, I poop me.”?

    Not a chance. This is just another forced integration program, the expansion of the DOE indoctrination down to three year olds.

    “I cants work becaz I gots ta take my chile to heads starts in (suburb). He be in a goood progrim, and dens I gots to picks him up”.

  • split it up

    This satanic mutt POS in the WH wasted 6.5 trillion over and avove in only 4 years on trash like this and they sent him back to furthur kill America with more of that same reparation garbage.
    Splitting the bad marriage is the only way to solve this dastardly problem that should have been solved in 1789 when the idiot Founders ratified some stupid PC trashy documents and of course Lincunthead the Marx tool stopped the split up in 1861.
    Time to split into Red and Blue nations. End the madness and deception.

  • mrcan

    the hope is that the more and earlier children of colour are removed from their dysfunctional families the better off they will be and hopefully society in the long run. the hope is that this early investment will reduce criminality and inculcate pro-social values in the minority youth. The school system unfortunately is not the panacea for all social ills. IT WON’T WORK!!!!

  • SFLBIB

    Re: “We’re trying to ensure all children are ready to learn when they get to
    school,” said Neera Tanden, the president and CEO of the think tank and
    a former top policy official in the Obama administration. “Investing in
    early learning and pre-K is the best investment that we can make. The
    return on investment is significant.”

    We heard the same arguments to justify Head Start. Just where are they going to find a spare $200B? Face it. This is nothing more than a jobs program to provide high-priced baby sitting.

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

      Just where are they going to find a spare $200B?

      Easy. Amnesty and open borders will cost $2.6 trillion. Just mint three trillion dollar coins (the ones with the Kardashian sisters on them), pay for amnesty, and get $400 billion in change. That will be enough to pay for both the $200 billion cost of this program AND the inevitable 100% cost overrun.

      • SFLBIB

        “Just mint three trillion dollar coins …”

        When the Spaniards were sent to explore the New World, they were given the royal commission to “get gold” for the Crown, which they did. But “getting” the gold didn’t magically increase the amount of goods/services the Crown wanted; it merely increased the money supply and made everything cost more, IOW, inflation. However, it did allow the first users to buy at old prices until the market sensed that more money was available to pay higher prices. Same thing will happen with these trillion dollar coins.

  • SFLBIB

    Re: “’We’re trying to ensure all children are ready to learn when they get to
    school,’ said Neera Tanden”

    “A kindergarten (from German Kindergarten, literally “children’s garden”) is a preschool educational institution for children. The term was created by Friedrich Fröbel for the play and activity institute that he created in 1837 in Bad Blankenburg as a social experience for children for their transition from home to school.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindergarten

    Like obama said, “We want everyone to have a fair shot” and failed to mention that education was intended to provide that “fair shot”, this pre-school program is being sold to provide what kindergarten already does. Is this a tacit admission of the failure of kindergarten, or just another government boondoggle?

  • A Reader

    It’s not just the new entitlement.

    It’s an attempt to begin children indoctrination when they are the easiest target of deceit: in preschool age.

    I can’t help not noting the coincidence of this Soviet-style social engineering with mass immigration from (former) SU and vicinity after 1956. It appears that the cancer of socialism metastasized.