WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing to announce billions of dollars in education funding as part of his American Families Plan Wednesday night during an address to a joint session of Congress. Part of that plan include providing free preschool for all three- and four-year-old children, according to multiple reports.
Something the White House estimates will benefit about 5 million children and save the average family $13,000.
The plan would also include funding to make portions of community college free for two years, according to reports.
In addition, the plan will reportedly include $225 billion for a national paid family and medical leave program that would offer some support for three months of maternity/paternity leave, illness, rehabilitation and other emergencies.
Overall, the American Families Plan has a $1.8 trillion price tag and focuses on human infrastructure. This includes things like child care, health care, education and other aspects of everyday life.
The sweeping proposal is meant as the second prong to push the country forward, alongside the American Jobs Plan, which focuses on boosting employment, transportation infrastructure and U.S. innovation.
Biden is proposing to pay for the plan by hiking taxes on high-income households, those making $400,000 a year or more.
Watch President Biden's presidential address to a joint session of Congress here on our website or on our Facebook page, Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET