It’s time for free preschool and community college


Haleigh Jawidzik, Staff

In April, President Joe Biden introduced a new approach to education with a foundation for future prosperity. 

“We all should need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families and our children,” said President Biden. 

The American Families Plan displays the four biggest challenges that Americans face today and proposes to address them. It aims to help millions of families who struggle financially and provide all children with a proper education.

According to Biden’s plan, public education would include two years of preschool and two years of  community college for free. Biden argues that twelve years of free public education is  no longer enough today to compete with the rest of the world in a 21st Century world economy.”

And he’s right: the standard high school diploma isn’t sufficient to secure a middle-class life. 

The value of a high school degree will soon be obsolete with most high-paying jobs requiring advanced degrees.

“That has to be a jumping-off point. Some form of education beyond high school — a two-year degree, vocational training — has to be the norm,” Biden said.

Additionally, providing free preschool will relieve pressure on parents so they can return to the workforce. This also sets up each child to compete on a level playing field with the same resources.

According to Goldman Sachs, Biden’s pre-K plan will cost taxpayers $200 billion over the next 10 years. This plan, however, paves a secure path of education for every child and directly funds lower working class citizens. 

This helps students serve a stable pathway toward broader education that provides an equal chance of success for everyone.