Obama: Make preschool available to all 4-year-olds

PHILIP ELLIOTT and JOSH LEDERMAN
Associated Press
President Barack Obama speaks to workers and guests at the Linamar Corporation plant in Arden, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, as he travels after delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants to make preschool available to all 4-year-olds, a vast expansion of existing early childhood education programs.

He says that education has to start at the earliest possible age.

Obama spoke Thursday after touring a childhood education center in Decatur, Ga. Following a meeting with children and preschool teachers, he says, quote, "If you're looking for a good bang for your education buck, this is it right here."

The president is traveling for a second day following his State of the Union address, pressing initiatives for his second term.

The White House has not said how much such a program would cost. Details would be in its upcoming budget next month.

Obama's plan was not well-received by Republicans in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.