Month: April 2013

Turn Today’s Preschool Report into an Early Learning Rallying Cry -

Looking for an easy way to brighten up your Monday morning? Add this to your to-do list, then promptly check it right off: speak up for early learning. Thanks to the new state preschool yearbook from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), we have an up-to-date assessment of where states stand in regard to delivering high-quality preschool opportunities. While you delve into your state’s profile, the … Read More

President’s Budget Release: Tools and News You Can Use -

It’s finally here: budget day. Almost two months after the president’s State of the Union speech called for a significant investment in early learning, additional details about the administration’s approach and the magnitude of their funding request are emerging. The proposed early learning initiatives exceed $75 billion over the next ten years and encompass home visiting, Early Head Start, child care, and preschool. As … Read More

First Five Years Fund Statement on the President’s Budget Proposal on Early Childhood Education -

Kris Perry, executive director of the First Five Years Fund, issued the following statement: “The First Five Years Fund applauds President Obama’s ‘Preschool for All’ initiative as outlined in his FY2014 budget. It sends a clear message: that preschool is early childhood development from birth to age five — and that it is critical to making sure every child has the foundational skills for success in the 21st century. The … Read More

Early Learning Update: The Calm Before the Budget Storm -

April showers bring May flowers, and this year, they also herald the much-anticipated release of President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal. With the date set for Wednesday, April 10, reports about what we can expect to see for early learning are beginning to trickle out of Washington like so many drops of spring rain. The field’s excitement about a potentially large-scale investment has been paired with a litany of questions about … Read More

First Five Years Fund Statement on Funding for President Obama’s Early Childhood Education Proposal -

Kris Perry, executive director of the First Five Years Fund, released the following statement on the president’s plan to use a tobacco tax to fund his early childhood education proposal. As always, Kris is available for comment if you have questions. The New York Times reported this morning that President Obama’s early childhood education proposal will be funded by raising federal taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. This … Read More