United States Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, paid a Monday visit to Union City’s  Eugenio Maria de Hostos Center for Early Childhood Education.  The Secretary spoke of the Biden Administration’s commitment to Title I guidance for early childhood education and the importance of bilingualism and biculturalism.
c He visited both pre-K and kindergarten classrooms and told reporters he was very impressed with the teaching methods he witnessed during his visit.  Union City Superintendent of Schools Silvia Abbato says she is thrilled that the Biden Administration has taken notice of the Early Childhood Education program in place in Union City.  She praised the district’s teachers and parents for their commitment to advancing early childhood education methods.

On Moday, the U.S. Department of Education released guidance for how states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools can use Title I funds to expand access to high-quality preschool for three- and four-year olds in a range of quality settings including schools, Head Start, and community-based organizations. This guidance will help ensure more children can experience early school success, and it encourages more schools across the nation to better set up kindergarten to be a sturdy bridge between the early years and the early grades. The Biden-Harris Administration has secured historic educational investments, including an additional $1.9 billion in annual funding for the Title I program since 2021.

“High-quality, early learning opportunities are proven bridges to later academic success—and every child deserves access,” said Secretary Cardona. “With the resources we’re releasing today, the Biden-Harris Administration is helping states, LEAs, schools, and communities to reach more historically underserved children with high-quality preschool programs, strengthen community partnerships, and find strategies and tools to best support educators and staff. I’m proud that the Department is a partner in raising the bar on quality and access so that more children can benefit from expanded early learning opportunities and lay the path for early school success.”