WASHINGTON — Unimpressed by the fraud-ridden, multibillion-dollar Head Start program? Brace yourself for a federally driven pre-kindergarten initiative that aims to “school” millions more children from birth.

Some education analysts applauded President Obama’s new proposal to expand access to early childhood education.

But others see the administration’s plan as yet another bloated underperformer that’s more about rewarding unions than bolstering academics.

Washington already spends some $25 billion a year on child-care and pre-K services, including $8 billion for Head Start. With fewer than one in three eligible children enrolled in such programs, the price of going beyond Head Start’s 1.1 million enrollment will skyrocket.