April 29th, 2021
President Biden’s American Families Plan is Essential to Solving Persistent Inequities
WASHINGTON – April 29, 2021 – The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) hails President Biden’s proposal, the American Families Plan, as a bold and necessary step toward solving persistent inequities plaguing our nation. While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous new challenges, it has also exacerbated many inequities that have existed for decades. As President Biden recognizes, one-time investments in response to COVID are not enough. We must make a long-term commitment to our nation’s children.
“The time is now to invest in our nation’s children and address the persistent issues that have long held them back, including poverty, child hunger, access to higher education, and educator shortages in our highest need communities,” says Lindsay E. Jones, President and CEO of NCLD.
“President Biden’s proposal to create universal free preschool, increase access to childcare, expand school meal programs, and provide greater economic support for struggling families means millions more children can have a strong start in life,” Jones continued. “And the historic investment in strengthening and diversifying the teacher pipeline and increasing access to higher education through free college initiatives means millions more students can have an education that supports their growth and success.”
Eliminating long-standing systemic inequities requires a long-term and significant commitment across all sectors. Children, families, and educators will all need more resources if we are to lift our nation out of the shadows of the pandemic and into a brighter future. President Biden’s American Families Plan is an essential step toward a more just society for all children and their families.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities’ mission is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.
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Meghan Whittaker, Director of Policy & Advocacy
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