PRESCHOOL PROPOSAL: Harkin Introduces New Bill
An Iowa legislator wants to make early childhood education more available nationwide.
Wednesday, Democratic senator Tom Harkin introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. The bill is sponsored by several Senate democrats, as well as an independent.
KWWL reports similar legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by a Republican.
Sen. Harkin says the goal is to improve education for children younger than five-years-old. It could have the biggest impact on smaller day care centers and preschools.
“This will help these particular centers increase the education of their staff, and in turn, that will go back to the kids. It’ll allow them to do more and go more places,” says Susan Dehl.
U.S Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the bi-partisan bill sponsorship shows people recognize the importance of early education.