President Renews Call for Universal Pre-K

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January 29, 2014

“Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education,” said President Obama during last night’s State of the Union Address. “Last year, I asked this Congress to help states make high-quality pre-k available to every 4-year-old, and as a parent, as well as a president, I repeat that request tonight.”

Samuel L. Odom, director of UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), says research supports the long-term benefits of high-quality early care and education.

“FPG’s own Abecedarian Project provided comprehensive high-quality care and education for children birth to age 5, and decades later they’re still reaping the benefits,” Odom said. “Other FPG studies have shown that even the single year of pre-k can help children while in the program and for several grades afterward.”