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STATEMENT: Carmel Martin on the Senate HELP Committee’s Passage of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act

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Contact: Katie Peters
Phone: 202.741.6285

Washington, D.C. — Today, Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement reacting to the news that the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee passed legislation to provide all low-income 4-year-olds access to preschool through a federal-state partnership:

Today’s passage of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act represents another step forward in expanding access to high-quality preschool and early learning programs for all of our children. Opening doors to all low-income 4-year-olds and improving early learning standards, such as requiring teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree and providing a curriculum rooted in research, will ensure better outcomes for children and a return on investment for taxpayers.

In the coming weeks, Congress can build on the momentum of the Senate’s action today by agreeing to a solution that helps families access the first-rate early learning programs their children need to have a strong start in life.

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