President Joe Biden is expected to divulge details about a $200 billion universal preschool program that falls under his colossal spending and infrastructure plan. He is expected to outline the contents of the proposal on Wednesday when he will address Congress for the first time.
The preschool program falls under President Biden’s “American Families Plan”- the 1.8 trillion second juncture of his spending package. The initial stage of his plan termed the “American Jobs Plan” is estimated to cost a total of $2.2 trillion with major spending on the job training, infrastructure improvement, and healthcare facilities for disabled and elderly Americans.
The plan follows a partnership formed with state governments where a unique program would allow children aged between three and four years old to attend preschool free of cost. According to an official from the White House, President Biden’s proposal, if implemented, will benefit approximately 5 million children and save almost $13,000 worth of costs for an average family.
Apart from a reduction in costs, the plan would also “give American children a head start and pave the way for the best-educated generation in U.S. history,” stated the official. President Biden’s administration further supports this stance: Heavy investment in a preschool program would give a significant push to the economy as more parents would be a part of the workforce.
Moreover, the crucial spending would also enhance the overall learning of children by studying a more “developmentally appropriate curriculum. “President Biden had introduced his idea for the preschool program last year in July 2020. Under this plan, employees from the Fed who will choose to be a part of the program would not only receive extensive job training, but also a definite market wage of $15 per hour. More details on the plan are expected to be released by the President himself during his session with Congress on Wednesday.
Despite President Biden’s efforts to improve the conditions of his nation, most lawmakers have ardently objected to his proposals and plans, claiming that they involve a large chunk of investment for projects that do not need immediate attention.