During a visit to a local elementary school in Cornwall on the first day of the G7 Summit, the Duchess of Cambridge and First lady Jill Biden, expressed their hopes for the United Kingdom and the United States to work together to support the improvement of early childhood education.
“Ultimately, my hope is that we change the way we think about early childhood, ready for generations to come,” Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, said Friday during a roundtable discussion on the importance of early childhood on lifelong outcomes.
"I am committed to this for the long term. I hope our two countries can keep sharing data, knowledge and best practice for many years to come,” she added.
Speaking alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, the US first lady said she is “sure” the two countries will continue to work together, expressing how important she feels early childhood education is for all.
“Early childhood education is so important to lay the foundation for all of our students, so thank you for having me and for inviting me here,” Biden said.
While touring a classroom and meeting with pupils at the Connor Downs Academy, Biden also expressed how “impressed” she was by the “inspiring” pupils she met and the work of the school to support early years education.
Asked by reporters how important she feels early childhood education will be for children during and after the global coronavirus pandemic, the first lady touched on her own experience as an educator, describing early years education as “the foundation of everything.”
“I can tell you that as a teacher at the upper levels, if they don’t have a good foundation, they fall so far behind, so this is amazing to see what these children are doing, and how far advanced they are at four and five years old,” Biden said.