White House Summit Recognizes Early Childhood’s ‘Persistent Army’ But Battle Isn’t Over | Fruit & Flower

White House Summit Recognizes Early Childhood’s ‘Persistent Army’ But Battle Isn’t Over

In her opening remarks last week at the White House Summit on Early Education, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, called the attendees of the Summit “the coalition of the willing.” In a panel later that morning, Ralph Smith of the the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, looked around the room at the 150 people present and pronounced, “This is the Army of the Persistent”– and that name stuck, because, indeed, it was.

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