White House Issues “Invest In Us” Challenge to the Nation

Press release,

Today marks a huge milestone in early childhood education. At the White House Summit on Early Education, streaming live starting at 8:15 a.m. ET on www.whitehouse.gov/live, President Barack Obama will join Vice President Joe Biden and a host of senior level administration officials, business leaders, and researchers to challenge the nation to invest in early childhood education for children across the country from birth to five.

Invest in US stems from President Obama’s repeated calls to expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America. In his 2013 State of the Union Address, the President proposed a series of new investments in early childhood education, and more than 30 states and cities have established new programs or expanded access to preschool since. Just this year, the President told the nation that he would bring together elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists to galvanize efforts and help more children access the high-quality early childhood education they need. The Invest in US challenge answers that call.

It’s up to us to take this challenge and support our nation’s children. Here’s what you can do:

– Tune into the Summit today between 8:15 am and 3 pm ET on www.whitehouse.gov/live. The President will speak around 12:00 pm ET.

– Join the elected officials, community leaders, philanthropists, and advocates that are supporting investments in high-quality early childhood programs by taking the Invest in US pledge: investinus.org/pledge.

– Share content about the Summit on your social media platforms (included below is social media content, brand-new videos from celebrities, and share graphics).

Trust for Learning and our Partners are thrilled to be a part of this important occasion and to be working toward building a better nation through high-quality early childhood education.

Trust for Learning is committing $15 million to increase access to high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood education models for low-income and at-risk populations in the United States. In a collaborative strategy, Trust partners will use this investment to dramatically increase the number of public early childhood programs using the evidence-based, time-tested Montessori approach to transform classrooms and support families in underserved communities.

Montessori is overwhelmingly chosen as a model of private education by parents seeking the best early learning environments for their children, but of the approximately 5,000 existing schools in the US, only 500 are public. Within this number, several exemplary public programs use Montessori to provide deep, student-centered early learning, as well as wrap-around services such as parent support, home visits, special needs, and learning differences support, with outstanding results for children and families involved. The Trust’s multi-pronged effort will increase access to this type of program by: expanding and replicating successful, multi-generational, community demonstration projects; leveraging an existing network of high-quality teacher training centers to prepare significantly more early childhood teachers and trainers of teachers who are uniquely prepared to observe, understand, and cultivate children’s development; creating a new teacher recruitment pipeline to develop a network of top-quality young teachers; and building awareness of the potential of these programs through targeted communication and outreach.

Thank you for joining us!