President Barack Obama on Thursday visited the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., where he elaborated on his plan to expand preschool dramatically -- a focal point of his administration's second-term education agenda and a topic of his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

In remarks, Obama told a crowd of teachers that his proposal aims to give every child early access to a high-quality education and that he sympathizes with parents who struggle to find -- and afford -- decent childcare.

"The size of your paycheck, though, shouldn't determine your child's future," he said.

What's unclear is how the administration will measure and evaluate early childhood education centers and how government will fund the program without increasing the national deficit.

Perhaps if the president conscripted the young gumshoes below to look for clues?

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  • Inspector Obama

    President Barack Obama looks through a magnifying glass during a learning game at a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The president is traveling to promote his economic and educational plan that he highlighted in his State of the Union address.

  • Whatchu Lookin' At?

    President Barack Obama looks through a magnifying glass during a learning game at a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The president is traveling to promote his economic and educational plan that he highlighted in his State of the Union address.

  • I See You

    President Barack Obama looks at a boy with a magnifying glass while visiting children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center on Feb. 14, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. Obama is traveling to Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

  • Still Inspecting

    President Barack Obama uses a magnifying glass while he plays a learning game while visiting children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center Feb. 14, 2013 in Decatur, Ga. Obama is traveling to Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

  • Having Fun There?

    President Barack Obama plays a learning game while visiting children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center Feb. 14, 2013 in Decatur, Ga. Obama is in Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

  • I Spy

    President Barack Obama plays a learning game while visiting children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center Feb. 14, 2013 in Decatur, Ga. Obama is in Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

  • Hey There

    President Barack Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The president is traveling to promote his economic and educational plan that he highlighted in his State of the Union address.

  • Who Are You?

    President Barack Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The president is traveling to promote his economic and educational plan that he highlighted in his State of the Union address.

  • Oh Yeah?

    President Barack Obama reacts as he draws a card during a learning game during a visit to a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The president is traveling to promote his economic and educational plan that he highlighted in his State of the Union address.

  • Not The Card I Was Hoping For

    President Barack Obama plays a learning game while visiting children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center February 14, 2012 in Decatur, Georgia. Obama is traveling to Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

  • High Five

    President Barack Obama high-fives students during a visit to a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The president is traveling to promote his economic and educational plan that he highlighted in his State of the Union address.

  • Up Top

    President Barack Obama visits children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center Feb. 14, 2013 in Decatur, Ga. Obama is traveling to Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

  • Sitting In

    President Barack Obama visits children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center Feb. 14, 2012 in Decatur, Ga. Obama is traveling to Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

  • Nice Work

    President Barack Obama visits children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center Feb. 14, 2012 in Decatur, Ga. Obama is traveling to Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

  • Easier Than Debt Ceiling Negotiations

    President Barack Obama plays a learning game while visiting children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center Feb. 14, 2013 in Decatur, Ga. Obama is in Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

  • Hug

    President Barack Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The president is traveling to promote his economic and educational plan that he highlighted in his State of the Union address.

  • Head, Shoulders, Etc.

    President Barack Obama plays a learning game while visiting children at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center Feb. 14, 2013 in Decatur, Ga. Obama is traveling to Georgia to promote economic and educational initiatives he spoke about in this week's State of the Union.

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