President Obama Seeking Additional $75 Billion in Preschool Spending

Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon, October 29, 213

President Barack Obama is pushing his $75 billion “preschool for all” initiative on top of the $20 billion a year the federal government spends on early education programs.

The Department of Education announced on Oct. 18 that 16 states and the District of Columbia are competing for $280 million in grants for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, which aims to improve education for children from “birth through age 5.”

Spending on Early Learning Challenge grants has totaled nearly $1 billion in the past three years. The program spent $497.3 million in 2011, and $132.9 million in 2012.

The Early Learning Challenge seeks to “increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs.”


The program is aligned with Obama’s Early Learning initiative that wants to put every 4-year-old in preschool, for which he proposed spending $75 billion in his fiscal year 2014 budget.

“The goal is to enable every American 4-year-old to attend a quality preschool program—one characterized by well-organized learning experiences, guided exploration, art, and storytelling, led by a skilled teacher,” a description of the president’s initiative states. “In addition, the Department of Education will work with the Department of Health and Human Services to significantly expand and improve services to younger children.”

Lindsey Burke, a senior education analyst at the Heritage Foundation, said it is “incredibly misguided” to propose additional funding for preschool, when the federal government already spends $20 billion a year.


“We already have three-quarters of four-year-old children enrolled in early education, preschool programs,” she said. “So the idea that the federal government would spend $75 billion to create a large-scale government preschool program for all four-year-olds, I think, is incredibly misguided.”

In addition to the $75 billion, Obama’s plan would spend $750 million for “Preschool Development” grants for states, $463 million for “Early Intervention Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities,” and $373 million for “Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities.”


Burke said current early learning programs have proven redundant and ineffective. She cited Head Start, an $8 billion a year program she calls the “poster child” for the failure of federal pre-school programs.

“Head Start has been utterly ineffective,” she said. “[Health and Human Services] HHS has said in their evaluation that Head Start has no impact on children’s cognitive ability, the parenting practices, their access to health care, nothing.”

“So all of these things that Head Start was supposed to do, the HHS says, ‘Nope. Sorry, there’s no effect,’” Burke said.


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  • dd121

    Why waste the money? In ten different ways it’s been proven that blacks can’t learn. Head Start hasn’t made even a slight dent in the negro brain but over the past few decade has wasted billions.

  • Puggg

    Free babysitting.

  • JohnEngelman

    No amount of contrary evidence disturbs the liberal dogma that the right government spending program will enable most blacks to perform academically as well as most whites.

    • dd121

      Wish I could give you a hundred upvotes on this one. That’s a truth that shouts from the heavens but the willfully deaf don’t hear.

    • Michael Mason

      As Napoleon Bonaparte once said, never intervene when your enemy is in the process of destroying himself. To be a racial nationalist, one must view the current U.S. government as the enemy. Then the rest falls into place.

  • Alexandra1973

    I have to kind of snicker at the idea of Head Start.

    I was in Head Start, in 1977-78. Funny thing is, I was already reading by the time I started.

  • Whitetrashgang

    For blacks they should have head stop, after grade 6 time to apply for welfare and food stamps.

  • MAJ

    This is clearly another child-care program aimed at dysfunctional blacks (oxymoron). Basically, it’s a free breakfast and entertainment event for bantus. It never astounds me how liberals believe that somehow taking a black and sticking them with Whites will suddenly lead to a type of osmosis learning. It reminds me of a herd of wild animals strolling to the next watering hole or dead carcass and then trying to figure out what to do next when the food and drink runs out.

    This is a HUGE waste of money – furthermore, it encourages even worse parenting (if that is possible) among blacks who get to dump the chilluns into government hands for more of the day. You know they will soon demand transportation.

    It’s time to close HHS.

  • Tax rates on Whiteness aren’t high enough to close the Achievement Gap, so you know what’s about to happen to tax rates.

  • Charles W.

    There’s nothing strange about it: our usury-debt system requires massive monetary wastage to achieve balance and keep from collapsing.

    Billions thrown away on low IQ blacks in public schools, welfare, foreign aid to dysfunctional third world countries, pointless wars, etc. It’s all done for a reason.

    When the time comes, which looks to be soon, the usury-debt system–which was unsustainable from the start–will be allowed to collapse and the final “revolution” will take place, just as it was planned from the beginning.

    Read “The Struggle for World Power” by George Knupffer.

  • ncpride

    well-organized learning experiences, guided exploration, art, and storytelling…..

    That’s funny because I considered these things, and many more, not only my job, but my duty to my children as their mother. I certainly didn’t expect a babysitter at Head Start to do it for me, nor would I have allowed it.

    • Brian

      I wish we could clone you…

  • Nathanwartooth

    Cheese and rice!

    Just fly helicopters over the ghetto and drop the 75 billion there.

    Why not just give them the money directly. They would be much happier.

  • bigone4u

    A waste of money, but Big Ben Bernanke can keep the printing presses rolling, which will hasten the day of our financial collapse. What will blacks do after the collapse when filthy politicians aren’t throwing billions of dollars at them?

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      When the EBT cards all flash ERROR, there will be mayhem that will spill over into the suburbs. Blacks will riot, loot and go on wilding sprees looking for drugs, alcohol and women — and to get back at evil White oppressors — knowing the DOJ or any other “authority” won’t do a damned thing to stop them.

      If we try to defend ourselves, the guns of the government will be turned on us, not the rioters.

    • dd121

      When the monetary system collapses, which Bernanke, Obama and their ilk are guaranteeing by printing money, what will they do? And what will we do? That will be an important question in the not-so-distant future.

  • Unperson

    As obnoxious as the extra spending would be, what bothers me even more here is the Left’s constant clamoring to get children away from their parents and into the clutches of the edjamacation leviathan, at younger and younger ages. The better to indoctrinate them, of course. And they won’t stop until they’ve given the State the right to your child from the moment of birth itself.
    In the early 2000s in California, there was a Proposition for getting children into the skool system one year earlier than Kindergarten. Mandatory full-time Pre-K: more billable hours for the Teachers Union AND more social-engineering opportunities for the Bill Ayers types. Win-win! The idea was spearheaded by actor Rob Reiner, of “All in the Family”; so critics dubbed it “The Meathead Initiative.”

  • Dave4088

    Just another transfer of wealth from the white taxpayer to undeserving blacks under the guise of improving school performance. I’m sure the first order of business for black recipients of this largess will be to purchase new Cadillacs.

    The feckless Republicans just need to know where to sign there names.

  • Spartacus

    “The goal is to enable every American 4-year-old to attend a quality
    preschool program—one characterized by well-organized learning
    experiences, guided exploration, art, and storytelling, led by a skilled


    When I was 4, I used to watch lots of Cartoon Network and Animal Planet . I could speak reasonable English by the time I was five, when I started playing video games like Doom, Commander Keen, Phobia, Red Baron, Dune 2, etc.

    It’s good to be White.

  • Spartacus

    I agree. Just a pretext for earlier brainwashing .

    • Pro_Whitey

      I agree with you and the others but for the fact that BO does not give a rat’s rear end whether the money ever “benefits” white kids, or black/hispanic kids, for that matter. The biggest reason for doing this is to provide solid employment opportunities for Democrat/leftist operatives, a substantial chunk of which gets kicked back in cash and in kind to Democrat/left politicians, directly or via union dues. Campaign finance “reform” is a joke where the Democrats use the entire government as a campaign finance vehicle to the tune of billions of dollars per year.

  • MBlanc46

    He’s “seeking”. He’s “proposing”. I trust that this money has not been allocated by the Congress.

  • shmo123

    No amount of money is ever going to get any “chile” a head start or win a “race to the top”. Only a parent can instill the kind of values and appreciation for learning that will turn into academic success. From what I can tell, that only happens on the Cosby show.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Looking at the IQ distributions, you’ll see that about 15% of blacks have IQ’s above 100. I think it would be useful to use the money to determine who these are as early as possible, and then track their progress through their lives. Put the 60% or so who are below 90 in some different institution that will prepare them for careers that will suit them. We need to stop trying to teach the pigs to sing.

  • shmo123

    It will hardly affect whites at all. From a U. of Michigan study:

    The racial or ethnic makeup of the Head Start program seem to be typical of many demographics comparing the lower section of socioeconomic status. Still approximately 73.1%of children enrolled in Head Start tend to be minorities.”

    For the complete article:

  • ViktorNN

    Blacks don’t want to learn because to be educated is considered “acting white,” and even if they wanted to learn very few of them would achieve much beyond a certain level, which I suppose explains why they don’t bother trying to learn in the first place.

    • Alexandra1973

      Reminds me of the fable of the fox and the grapes.

      The lesson at the end: It’s easy to despise what you cannot get.

    • willbest

      This isn’t about teaching them anything and more about indoctrination.

  • Reverend Bacon

    My guess is that this is either a bargaining chip for more food stamps or other income redistribution, or it’s another payoff to one of their cronies, like the half-billion dollar website fiasco which was really a payoff to Michelle’s “Princeton Black Alumni” sorority sister.

  • Luca

    Kids who can’t make it academically should be taught to pick fruit, wait tables, clean motels and cut lawns. thereby reducing our need for foreign invaders who suck up benefits.

    I had an immigrant grand-uncle who could barely read or write English, only went to the 5th grade in Italy and yet worked hard, raised 8 kids, bought his own house and had his own business. He achieved the American dream through hard work and little education.

    Trying to push everyone through college is the work of another special interest group (Liberal academia) trying to get more customers subsidized by the taxpayers. The Government complies by requiring indoctrination in return.

    • Ella

      Many of our grandparents grew and picked fruit before the 50’s. I wish I had their farmland today to escape the city life. The junk produce that corporations “push” onto consumers makes the kids hate fruits and vegetables! Our relatives had a better life and yes, it was hard labour. Our government makes people idle or lazy for votes.

    • FransSusan

      Blacks will not pick fruit or any other crop. It’s too much like slavery—I’ve heard that said! In truth, they’re too dam lazy!

  • WR_the_realist

    I am utterly confident that, just as with Head Start programs, after the billions are spent there will be absolutely nothing to show for it. The sun children will do as badly as ever. This is really about putting money into the pockets of the professional educracy, a group that includes a good deal of the diversity. After all, it’s a lot easier to get a doctorate in education than in say, mathematics. So guess which kind of degrees black people get?

  • Ella

    “So the idea that the federal government would spend $75 billion to create a large-scale government preschool program for all four-year-olds, I think, is incredibly misguided.”
    It would be cheaper and more cost effective to pay the Black or Hispanic fathers to baby sit and raise their own children than this price tag demands. IQ can take 2-3 generations for sizable increases. In the mean time, our children become underfunded and indoctrinated.

  • shmo123

    Are you telling me enrollment is not optional?

  • WR_the_realist

    One can prove all kinds of nonsense with anonymous anecdotal records. There is no point in putting a lot of money in a program that doesn’t have lasting benefits.

  • WR_the_realist

    Anecdotal reports can be a valid reason to start a real, objective investigation to see if a program really works. That’s it. The objective, broad based, statistically valid studies are what tell us the truth.