Obama proposes a $10 billion "Zero to Five" early childhood education plan that would expand access to Early Head Start, preschool, and child-care services. Would establish an early learning council to coordinate federal and state early childhood education programs.
McCain proposes better coordination among federal early childhood programs. Wants to create "Centers for Excellence" in Head Start that will promote best practices and improve regional coordination of early childhood education. Says there should be measurable standards for school readiness and improve pay of instructors. Parental involvement will be emphasized.