In visit to KC school, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stresses early learning

Sep 15, 2015 by

arnie duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan walked into a classroom at the Woodland Early Learning Community School in Kansas City on Monday morning and stretched out on a blue, red and yellow alphabet rug to play with magnetic building tiles and 3-year-old Cristian Rodriguez.

Then he walked over to the writing center in teacher Barbara Fulbright’s preschool class to watch 5-year-old Landen Myers draw a squiggly-lined picture.

Duncan visited the city public school as the first stop on his annual 10-city Back to School bus tour. This year’s tour, under the theme “Ready for Success,” was set to highlight the importance of including children with disabilities in high-quality early learning programs and to push the importance of community focus on early childhood education.

“As our country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early learning programs for all children, we must do everything we can to ensure that children with disabilities are part of that,” Duncan said.

He said that in Missouri about 80 percent of preschool children don’t have access to quality care. About 6,000 preschool-age children live within Kansas City district boundaries, but fewer than 1,700 are being served in its schools.

Source: In visit to KC school, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stresses early learning | The Kansas City Star

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