On the heels of the Obama Administration’s proposal for Preschool for All, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan today visited San Francisco to learn about the City’s own pioneering Preschool for All initiative.


Citing early education as the best investment in our nation’s future, President Obama has proposed to provide universal access to high-quality preschool for 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families.


Secretary Duncan toured the Cross Cultural Family Center, a Tenderloin preschool that is part of San Francisco’s Preschool for All initiative. He then participated in a roundtable discussion on ensuring equal opportunity for high-quality preschool. At the roundtable were San Francisco elected leaders, school officials, preschool experts, and foundation representatives.


“We didn’t come here by accident. There’s a lot here…the fact that there’s been about a decade long commitment moving towards universal access, the fact that you have the early childhood folks and the K-12 folks working together, the fact that you have private funders, philanthropy helping out,” said Duncan. “The City’s committed. This community has put a stake in the ground…that it’s important to get our babies off to a great start.”


Read the full news release here.