With the Philadelphia School District struggling under a giant budget deficit, city councilmembers and community groups gathered at City Hall to announce a small but important fund to expand early childhood education programs.
Parents are upset that the Philadelphia School District plans to privatize more Head Start slots next year.
Starting next school year, more than half of the three- and four-year-olds in district preschool programs known as “Head Start” will be served by private day care providers.
President Obama made a brief visit to a Head Start center in Delaware County today, to announce new rules that will have the preschool programs competing for federal money.
In an article in the The New York Times, Nicholas Krisof suggests early childhood education is more important than Occupy Wall Street.