Raising Smart, Healthy Kids in Every State

Expanding Early Education Initiatives with Funding from the Federal Tobacco Tax

September 25, 2013

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President Obama’s plan to expand early childhood education and fund it with an increase in federal tobacco taxes would ensure that two million low- and moderate-income children have access to high-quality preschool and prevent 1.7 million kids from becoming smokers, according to a report released by nine organizations that focus on early learning and/or public health.

In his fiscal year 2014 budget, President Obama proposed expanding federal funding for early education programs, paid for with a 94-cent per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax and a proportional increase in the federal tax on other tobacco products. This report details the educational and health benefits of the President’s proposal nationwide and in each state. Nationwide, this proposal would:

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