Month: October 2014

Final State Applicants for Federal Preschool Development Grants -

Thirty-five states and Puerto Rico have applied for the new U.S. Department of Education Preschool Development Grants to help states build or expand high quality pre-K programs. States are competing for a share of the $250 million in funding for the new grants. Several states that did not issue a formal “Intent to Apply” earlier this fall ended up submitting final applications. States applying for Preschool Development Grants ($80 million) … Read More

For Struggling Public Schools, Proposed Early Learning Option a Key Building Block for Success -

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released significant revisions to the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. For the first time, the Department recommended including an Early Learning Intervention Model as an option for elementary schools struggling to meet state standards. Today, FFYF submitted our formal comments on the proposal to the Department. We strongly support the inclusion of the Early Learning Intervention Model (ELIM) because research has shown … Read More

President Obama: Early Childhood Education is a Key Economic Issue for the 21st Century -

Last Thursday, President Obama returned home to the Chicago area to deliver a speech at Northwestern University. The President presented his broad economic agenda, introducing five key cornerstones to “lay the new foundation of America’s 21st century economy.” Number two on the President’s list are new investments in education. And he made sure to include our nation’s littlest learners in his vision for educating tomorrow’s workforce: “If we make … Read More