Month: November 2015

Dear Colleague Letter Requests Restoration of Funding to PDG Program -

This week, dozens of members of Congress penned a letter to Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro of the Committee on Appropriations, asking for restoration of funding for the Preschool Development Grant Program during the upcoming negotiations on FY 2016 appropriations. Currently 18 states have made use of Preschool Development Grants, but more than 35 states have applied to the program for funding, indicating the desire and commitment to providing … Read More

Zero to Three Releases New Resource to Improve Infant and Toddler Policies -

Today Zero to Three released a new policy resource to help states advance infant-toddler policies. The resource, entitled, Infants and Toddlers in the Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit for States, is a toolkit intended to help state policy leaders and advocates assess the current status of services for infants, toddlers, and their families and set priorities for improvement. According to Zero to Three, “these goals form the framework for … Read More

Governors Urge Congress to Keep Preschool Development Grants -

Yesterday the National Governors Association (NGA) penned a letter urging congress to enhance state early learning programs, specifically Preschool Development Grants, as part of FY 2016 appropriations. In their letter, Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Governor, Robert Bentley (R-AL) tell members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education why the grants are crucial to providing services for our youngest learners: “Governors understand … Read More

Senator John McCain Praises NBA Great Steve Nash’s Commitment to Early Learning -

Last week U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) honored NBA superstar Steve Nash for his commitment to early learning in Arizona. “While Steve is world-renowned for his fiery and flashy style of play on the basketball court, his passion for charity and his genuine desire to help others burns just as intensely. And that, to me, is what makes him such a unique individual,” McCain said in a tribute video that … Read More