Obama to Unveil $1B Early Childhood Education Funding

Justin Sink, The Hill, December 10, 2014

President Obama on Wednesday will unveil over $1 billion in new federal and private funding for early childhood education, as the White House again looks to rally legislative support for the president’s universal pre-K initiative.

The announcement at a White House summit on the topic will include over $750 million in new federal grants awarded to states to expand their pre-K programs.

Two-thirds of that funding will provide early care and education programs for over 30,000 infants and toddlers across almost every state, while an additional $250 million will be awarded to 18 states to expand the reach of their preschool programs. Those awards are expected to enroll an additional 33,000 children in preschool.

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“The fact is like three in 10 four year olds have access to state funded programs, which means frankly we are not close,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. “We are not close to where we need to be.”

Duncan said he is haunted by “the huge unmet need” and that he hoped lawmakers would take up the president’s $75 billion proposal to partner with states to offer low and moderate income families with high quality preschool. That proposal has gained little traction on Capitol Hill, despite support from some Republican governors.

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  • Babysitting.

    • Ron Cheaters

      Now all the black single moms can go out and find employment.

      Sorry, I choked on my coffee typing that.

      • Don’t you mean find the babydaddy of their next meal ticket?

        • Ron Cheaters

          Zing! Amost spewed my coffee on my keyboard.

    • IBWHITE

      Yes it is. This is an ever expanding program and there’s big money in babysitting Negroes these days. But it takes a toll on your emotional and physical health.

  • SentryattheGate

    “That proposal has gained little traction on Capitol Hill, despite support from some Republican governors.” So it sounds like Nerobama is again making a decree, funding it with $750 million! Pre-K is another gift to his voters, who are more interested in FREE daycare plus free meals! Early childhood (gov’t.) education is not necessary for better student achievement; witness the nations with higher student achievement than the US, many of them don’t start school til 7-8 years old! I witnessed the vast difference between black kids and others entering pre-K; white kids had decent parenting apparently–they knew some numbers, alphabet and names of the basic colors, while nearly all black kids knew none of these!!! Meanwhile, the black teachers got gov’t $$$ to buy NEW clothes for black kids, and for themselves too! I saw them showing off what they bought for themselves! That is how black votes are bought!

    • In pre-K mine could count to 480! Incidentally today is his last day of pre-K. After Christmas he enters kindergarden.

      • SentryattheGate

        Congratulations to him, and to you also—apparently you have been a dutiful parent. Beware of anti-racist education though, where whites are chastised for “keeping all others down” in education, the economy, incomes, etc. It throws gasoline on the fires of racial animosity! I saw it close-up (and protested, to no avail) , in the development stage, at a developmental research school.

    • IBWHITE

      I seem to recall reading where the vast majority of spelling competitors that have won contests were home schooled. The media pundits seem to want to keep this fact a secret though.

  • MekongDelta69

    NoBama could fork over $10 Decillion of our dollars – and absolutely nothing will happen.

    Never has. Never will.

    • Paleoconn

      True, no amount of money will help the blacks bridge the cognitive gap, however a lot of that money should be going to gifted kids but is not. This is why this country is in free fall.

  • JackKrak

    Funny that the education establishment will breathlessly tell you about all the stats that supposedly show that charter schools and home schooling are complete frauds and/or disasters.

    But if you ask about Head Start and other pre-K nonsense, they’ll tell you the jury is still out on it.

    Meanwhile, they need another 100 billion to keep the experiment going.

  • Yves Vannes

    Head Start has failed for 50 years at the cost of $166 Billion Dollars. I’m sure 1 more billion will turn things around.

  • libertarian1234

    “Obama to Unveil $1B Early Childhood Education Funding”

    Pre-K has already failed miserable.

    They’ve already tried every conceivable trick and scheme to try to get blacks to learn, but all of it has failed.

    It isn’t possible to manipulate teaching in various ways that will enable people still in the stone-age mentally to learn at the same level as everybody else.

    They could try admitting to the truth and make their plans from that point, but they despise the truth and want nothing to do with it. They believe truth is what they create. Nothing else.

  • JohnEngelman

    It won’t make a difference.

  • Reynardine

    $750 Million for pre-k. Gotta get them out of their parent’s care as soon as possible. Mustn’t allow familial bonding, that’s the root of racism.

    • TL2014

      Actually, these families typically experience less boning than white families. Look up r-strategy vs K-strategy and Rushton. Fascinating stuff.

  • TL2014

    The fact is, Arne, you are an idiot. At least your mother practiced what she preached.

  • TL2014

    The simple fact is that spending has a marginal, if not minimal, impact on educational outcome. It really is almost entirely genetic.

    You can’t turn me into a basketball player, any more than you can turn Da’Shitavious into a neurosurgeon. Ben Carson is an exception, and probably also an affirmative action man to some extent. Not that I don’t respect his hard work, but I doubt he would have achieved his stature were he not a black man and did he not benefit from AA.

    • Reynardine

      More than that is the oft overlooked fact that blacks that are successful do so in a predominantly white environment.

      Show me real black success in an all black environment.

  • Uncle_Dan

    Early Indoctrination. Make-work problem for eager and grateful Indoctrinators. All vote Democrat. What’s not to like?

  • LHathaway

    If this is a universal pre-K program how will it give others a head start?

  • WR_the_realist

    This is of course taxpayer funded daycare, not education. Children will do fine without pre-kindergarten “education”, but their single mom parents need a taxpayer funded place to dump them.

  • Russell Watson

    I thought we had determined that this doesn’t work for anybody?

  • Mybad

    The govt could spend a whole lot less by using Plan B: forced sterilization, birth control, and yes, Plan B, which many women use as routine birth control instead of emergency contraception.

  • Harvey42

    It would get the “keeds” on the roll earlier for the free breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    We could assign an Oxford Don to tutor every black child until they reach 21, and it would make no difference, whatsoever: Their average I.Q. is so low, they do not compare favorably with Homo Habilis or even Old World Monkeys…

  • Peter Connor

    Billions for a program that we know, in advance, can’t work–exactly like Head Start. When will the insanity end????

  • Lkoehn

    This is just free babysitting for fatherless children.

  • meanqueen

    Studies have already shown that Head Start programs did not change the outcome for minority children. That’s because nothing can really compensate for poor genetics and a home environment that is wholly lacking.

  • SFLBIB

    We have kindergarten [the original pre-school] and Head Start. How many more duplicate efforts do we need?

  • IBWHITE

    They would have had more success teaching Kangaroo’s calculus.

  • IBWHITE

    I don’t see where it makes sense to even attempt to improve the intellectual capacity of the Black population. They’re the most dysfunctional race on the planet and an absolute drain on society. It would be more logical to spend time, effort and money on an accomplished, proven race with a natural desire to create – White people.

    • guest

      There’s a markedly lower incidence of bright people–and a dramatically lower incidence of truly gifted people–among Blacks than among Whites. But I’m not swift enough to understand why we should refuse to facilitate the mental growth of any Black child capable of enduring benefit from environmental efforts. Again, the basic distinction argued here is between removing or lessening severely depressive influences (e.g. , having a severely retarded mother who cannot have a normally stimulating infant/mother dyad ) and pouring a lot of “mental building” effort into children that have a normal nurture/nature situation.

  • That $75 billion is almost five times the entire NASA budget.

    • WR_the_realist

      At least NASA brings back cool pictures of Mars. Does the vastly better funded Department of Education accomplish even one tenth as much?

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    I say this from experience in a southern state dept of children and families: All this head start and early childhood education is free babysitting for majority non-working mothers who get kids off their hands so they can spend day getting hair and nails done, smoking mj, and spreading their legs with any guy flashing $$ to create more govt dependents.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    And a few years ago, I ran into an older guy who, when he heard I worked for a DCF, launched into a long wistful description of an internship he did in college where he was involved in getting first head start programs set up. He was very proud of his accomplishment so I promptly burst his bubble with my description of what really goes on with this sham. He was both horrified and angry at me for sharing.

    • Of course he was mad. You dumped all that which was for him a mash up between pathological do gooder altruism and an income stream.