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U.S. Secretary of Education Makes Stop in Ypsilanti

Secretary Arne Duncan joins panel discussion at Perry Child Development Center

HighScope Press Release

Contact: Carrie Hernandez
Director, Sales and Marketing
734.485.2000, Ext. 255
[email protected]

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Carrie Hernandez, 734.485.2000, ext. 255, or [email protected]

YPSILANTI (May 2, 2013) — Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan will make a brief appearance at the Perry Child Development Center, 550 Perry St., Ypsilanti, to highlight HighScope’s Perry Preschool Study, President Obama’s Preschool for All proposal, and Gov. Snyder’s recommendation to increase funding for Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP).

The public portion of the visit will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2013.

Secretary Duncan’s visit will include:

  • The HighScope Perry Preschool Study — Influencing early educators for 50 years, by Lawrence Schweinhart, President of HighScope Educational Research Foundation and lead researcher
  • A panel discussion — Return on Investment for Early Childhood Education

Early childhood educators and advocates, local and state educational leaders, and government officials will be in attendance.

Schweinhart said the visit will draw attention to the human and financial value of high-quality preschool education: “This study and others like it offer us hope; hope that we can make a difference in the lives of children, especially those living in poverty, and hope that focused government action can be a part of the solution.” Schweinhart says, “When objective research reinforces that hope, it allows researchers to merge our personal values and professional activities toward positive, well-grounded actions.”

HighScope officials are asking guests to please register their attendance by contacting: Sonja Caprarese by e-mail at [email protected] or phone 734.485.2000, ext. 234, to confirm your attendance. Space is limited and confirmations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

NOTE: School will be in session and guests are asked not to park in the circle drive, reserved for buses.


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