CHICAGO, Ill. -- One day after his state of the state address, Governor Quinn was pushing his "Birth to Five Initiative" at a Chicago early learning center.
His proposal covers not only early childhood education, but also pre-natal care for mothers, the expansion of Home Visiting programs, parent resource centers and "Innovation Zones".
The aim is to start with the most at-risk children and expand programs to provide quality child care for all.
"The investment in early childhood education has the highest return any government can make anywhere. It brings tremendous results," said Gov. Pat Quinn (D) IL.
Governor Quinn has not explained how the "Birth to Five Initiative" will be paid for.
That could come when he delivers his budget message to the General Assembly.