Obama highlights Georgia pre-K program

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President Barack Obama gives a speech at the Decatur Rec Center on Feb. 14.
DECATUR, Ga. —

President Barack Obama visited a Decatur school Thursday, saying early education leads to greater success.

After singling out Georgia’s pre-K program during the State of the Union, Obama further praised the program Thursday, saying the rest of the country should follow suit.

“Education has to start at the earliest possible age, and that’s what you have realized here in Decatur,” Obama said. 

Obama arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base at 11:30 a.m. to visit College Heights Early Learning Center in Decatur. He met with students at the school and then, made his case for universal pre-K at the Decatur Rec Center.

“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than $7 later on. Boosting graduation rate, reducing teen pregnancy,” Obama said.

He said he empathized with parents looking for good childcare and dealing with its costs.

“The size of your paycheck shouldn’t determine your child’s school,” Obama said.

He also praised educators, saying great teachers are behind successful students.

“In the end, that’s what this is all about  --  giving our kids the best possible shot. That will strengthen our country and economy for all of us,” Obama said.