Early Childhood

Coalition Funnels ‘Thank-You’ Notes to White House on Pre-K Push

By Julie Blair — May 08, 2013 1 min read

It will take dozens of little red wagons to deliver more than 30,000 thank-you notes to President Barack Obama next week, but that’s exactly how the folks spearheading the Strong Start for Children campaign aim to do it.

The letters—including pieces of artwork done by children—were written in response to the president’s budget, which outlines a multi-billion dollar expansion of preschool programs, said Helen Blank, director of child care and early learning at the Washington-based National Women’s Law Center, an advocacy group.

The NWLC solicited the letters along with the 39 other organizations that make up the Strong Start for Children campaign, which is lobbying to pass the budget.

The response was surprising, said Blank: Initially, the campaign had hoped to gin up 10,000 thank-yous.

President Obama “singled out young children and people are very appreciative,” she said, adding that letters are still coming in.

To learn more about the NWLC, click here.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Early Years blog.