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Early Years Coalition Forming to Support Obama Budget

Now that President Barack Obama has used his budget to outline his plans for an expansion of early-childhood education, Washington supporters are mobilizing to find a means to throw their weight behind that plan and make it a reality.

The Strong Start for Children Campaign, set to launch April 17, will bring at least 13 organizations interested in funding Obama's early-childhood education initiative together.

While the groups have often worked in partnership for a common goal, it's been 20 years since they've developed this kind of coalition, said Karen Schulman, senior policy analyst for the Washington-based National Women's Law Center.

"It's an historic opportunity," Schulman said of the president's proposal to put $75 billion over the next 10 years into expanding early-childhood education.

The money would be provided in partnership with states and is, of course, subject to congressional approval.

Players in the campaign include a mix of nonprofits, advocacy organizations and unions, among them: National Women's Law Center, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Zero to Three, the National Head Start Association, Council for a Strong America, Service Employees International Union, the National Black Child Development Institute, Voice for America's Children, the First Five Years Fund, and Child Care Aware.

To learn more about the campaign, click here

To read more about Obama's budget, click here.

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