Month: December 2013

Busting Early Childhood Education Myths – The Fadeout Myth -

Early childhood education opponents are upping their efforts in the wake of federal early childhood initiatives such as the recently introduced Strong Start for America’s Children Act. Unfortunately, they’re touting the same tired, debunked lines that critics have trotted out for years. Today we set the record straight about one of the most common myths cited by critics of early childhood education – that the gains made in early … Read More

FFYF STATEMENT ON TODAY’S EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE AWARD WINNERS -

Today, the U.S. Dept. of Education announced the winners of the third round of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), a $280 million innovative and competitive state-level grant program that aims to address the needs of our country’s most vulnerable children through improving early childhood education. Six states were awarded with four-year grants ranging from $37.5 million to $75 million – Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and … Read More

Early Childhood Education Answer Defines Us -

“While I believe that everything should be considered when we look for cost savings, it is tough to identify an educational program with a higher return on investment than early childhood education.” – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine With each week, the chorus of support for early childhood education grows louder. Sen. Tim Kaine (D – VA) is the latest to join the movement. You may have seen his … Read More

Nelson Mandela and the leaning tower of PISA test scores -

Two things happened last week. The world lost Nelson Mandela, who campaigned for equality and said “it always seems impossible until it is done.” Earlier in the week, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test scores were released, revealing two disturbing trends. American high school students in the aggregate are falling behind their international peers, and the U.S. has a growing achievement gap between affluent and … Read More

FIRST FIVE YEARS FUND STATEMENT ON THE MURRAY-RYAN BUDGET DEAL -

“Today, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), co-chairs of the Budget Conference Committee, unveiled a long-awaited budget agreement. While the two-year agreement reduces further planned cuts to much-needed services for low income children and families  for the next two years, including additional painful cuts to Head Start, I am deeply disappointed that it does not do more to boost our economy by including increased investments in high-quality … Read More