Ohio would receive $103 million in federal funding during the first year of President Barack Obama’s plan to provide preschool for every 4-year-old child in the country — if Congress approves the idea, the White House said yesterday.
In a conference call with reporters, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that Obama’s plan is “ one of the best investments we can make in our children, our families and ultimately the nation."
The call was part of a stepped-up effort to press Congress to approve the 10-year program, which would finance preschool expansion by raising billions of dollars with an increase in the cigarette tax. But there is little sign that the Republican-controlled House is ready to approve such a tax to expand preschool.
Obama urged the creation of an alliance between federal and state governments to provide low- and moderate-income 4-year-olds with preschool. Combined with Head Start, which provides low-income 3- and 4-year-olds with preschool, Obama’s plan would give millions of children access to pre-K education.