Month: September 2012

Celebrating ELC Phase 2 and Readying for Battles Ahead -

It’s official: with this week’s release of the final Early Learning Challenge Phase 2 application, teams across Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin can kiss apple picking and Friday night football goodbye and instead look forward to six weeks of hunkering down with budget spreadsheets and data tables and drafts of federal proposal narratives. Hooray! (For a cheat sheet of what they’ll be working on, see this … Read More

FIRST FIVE YEARS FUND STATEMENT ON THE IMPACT OF SEQUESTRATION ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION -

Media contact: Kelly O’Brien 312.532.4881 kelly.obrien67@gmail.com For immediate release September 14, 2012 WASHINGTON – Earlier today the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released calculations on the effects of funding cuts that could be triggered by the sequestration provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011. As anticipated, they illustrate the harsh toll such cuts would take on vulnerable young children. Earlier estimates based on Congressional Budget … Read More

Let’s Make Some Noise! -

The most frequently used words during the Democratic and Republican Conventions?  Jobs (168 times), business (121 times), families (120), women (95), economy (94), government (79). The number of times early learning was mentioned? Sixteen. Study after study shows that early childhood education is one of the most effective investments our country can make in the economic future of our nation, yet candidates have been largely silent on early … Read More