Month: October 2016

Child Tax Credit Expansion Emerges as Bipartisan Opportunity to Support Youngest Children -

Politico’s Brian Faler recently reported on how Republicans and Democrats might be able to find common ground next year on expanding the child tax credit. Doing so would be a step in the right direction. Advancing the welfare of young children should be something that appeals to every political lean. Our tax code has a long history of incentivizing important social priorities, including college education, homeownership and saving … Read More

FFYF Executive Director, Kris Perry Highlights Rising Cost of Child Care on SF NPR -

According to a new NPR poll, child care is the greatest source of financial stress for families today – making it a hot button issue this election season. To address the rising cost of child care, FFYF Executive Director, Kris Perry, along with David Kirp, senior scholar at the Learning Policy Institute, were featured guests on Wednesday’s episode of Your Call, a San Francisco NPR affiliate radio show. Read More

New ESSA Guidance Highlights What States and Districts Can Do to Expand Opportunities for Youngest Learners -

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) issued non-regulatory guidance for early learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new law, enacted December 10, 2015, explicitly elevates early learning throughout. The Department’s guidance describes in greater detail what states and local educational agencies (LEAs) can do to leverage the allowable uses in order to expand opportunities to support America’s youngest learners. The intentional inclusion of early … Read More

Obama Administration Announces Rise in Nation’s High School Graduation Rates, Highlighting Progress on Early Childhood Education -

Today at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. President Obama announced that the nation’s high school graduation rates have reached a new high of 83.2 percent. President Obama used this, likely his last major Education speech, to address the range of education issues he and his Administration prioritized during its tenure. As President Obama said today, “it starts with our youngest learners. High-quality early education is one of … Read More

U.S. Department of Education Celebrates 30 Years of Early Intervention through IDEA Part B and Part C -

One of the myriad ways that early learning and care is critical for a child’s success in school and in life is the access it provides to a network of teachers and family support staff who, through ongoing observations and screenings, can identify areas where a child may benefit from an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). An IEP is a written plan designed in collaboration with families, teachers and specialists that … Read More