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.