Senator Wants Pre-K For All 4-Year-Olds

Washington (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is ready to propose a new federal plan that would offer high-quality preschool to every four-year-old in America.

The Democratic Presidential Candidate says the universal pre-K plan would cost about $10 billion. Speaking on NBC's "Today Show," she said evidence shows such preschool programs save money in the long run, and that students have fewer behavioral problems and stay in school longer.

The New York Senator says she'd pay for universal preschool by closing tax loopholes and eliminating Bush Administration programs she disagrees with. The proposal would give federal funds to states that establish a plan for making voluntary pre-kindergarten services available for all.

She's presenting the proposal Monday at a Miami Beach elementary school.

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