ADVISORY: Senator Patty Murray on the Importance of Expanding Access to Early Education
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, June 25, the Center for American Progress Action Fund will host Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for a discussion on the need to refocus the budget debate on our long-term challenges by prioritizing crucial investments, including the need to expand access to quality early education. Sen. Murray — a former preschool teacher and current Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee — will share her unique perspective on not only these challenges, but also on the opportunities to make progress in the current political landscape.
Notable economists, including Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Nobel Laureate James Heckman, agree that preschool produces a very high return on investment. Studies have shown time and again that investing money in high-quality preschool will improve our country’s fiscal health by strengthening human capital, enhancing economic growth, increasing revenues, and decreasing future spending obligations. Children who attend high-quality early childhood education programs do better in school, are more likely to graduate from high school, and go on to earn more money than children who do not attend such programs.
Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund
Senator Patty Murray, D-WA
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
10:00 a.m. ET – 11:00 a.m. ET
Center for American Progress Action Fund
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
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