Obama pushes preschool programs in Georgia trip

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to expand preschool programs while his education secretary is trying to keep the students already in Head Start from being kicked out.

Obama is heading to Georgia on Thursday to pitch his plan to expand early childhood education programs, while at the Capitol, Education Secretary Arne Duncan (AR'-nee) is telling senators that one out of every 13 students already in Head Start classrooms could be left out if lawmakers don't sidestep a March 1 budget meltdown.

The push to increase and preserve options for pre-kindergarten children comes as Obama's team is warning Congress — and lawmakers' constituents — what is expected to happen if leaders fail to avert $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that will impact national security and domestic programs alike.

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