Coach K on Early Learning

Today the Invest in US campaign and Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski – the winningest coach in NCAA men’s basketball history – released a video speaking to the importance of early learning opportunities for at-risk children. Coach K – founder of the Emily K Center and the first in his family to attend college – discusses how early learning opportunities help disadvantaged children succeed in school and break the cycle of poverty.

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In the video, Coach K explains the obstacles many at-risk kids face when they arrive at school 18 months behind their peers in math and literacy skills. No matter how hard they try, it’s difficult to catch up. Early learning opportunities can give these children the strong start they need to succeed. Krzyzewski has voiced his support for a greater investment in early learning in the past, through work with the Council for Strong America and in an op-ed for Roll Call.