Obama to Tout Head Start Accountability

The crowd is gathering in Yeadon, at the regional Head Start center, a little more than an hour before President Obama is scheduled to show up, tour a classroom and speak out on improving early-childhood education, in the latest "We Can't Wait" initiative designed to work around what the White House says is an obstructionist GOP in Congress.

According to White House officials, Obama will announce a proposed regulation that will require low-performing Head Start programs to compete for continued federal funding instead of getting automatically funded as they are now.

Administration officials say this should lead to an improvement in the quality of Head Start education, which serves 900,000 children from low-income families around the nation. An estimated one-third of the Head Start programs will not be able to meet the new benchmarks and will have to compete for funding.

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