Statement by Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President, Save the Children
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2013) — President Obama has rightly put a stake in the ground on the issue of early childhood education. In his State of the Union Address, the President called on Congress to "make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America."
In his fiscal year 2014 budget, scheduled to be released tomorrow, the President is expected to back up his call by proposing to expand grants to states to help impoverished children gain access to early childhood education. To pay for this initiative, the President will propose to increase the federal taxes on tobacco products.
This is sound policy.
We know that tobacco harms health. The science is clear.
We know that an investment in early childhood education is a critical means of breaking the cycle of poverty. The economics are clear.
What we need now is the will to move this initiative.
Save the Children believes that an investment in early childhood education is one of the few areas in which we have bipartisan, cross-sector support for a clear method of alleviating poverty in America.
We stand by President Obama's administration on this initiative. The time to act is now.
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