Year: 2017

These Child Care Tax Proposals Would Bring Working Families Much-Needed Relief on #TaxDay -

Tuesday is the deadline for Americans to file their federal income tax returns, and while the tax code includes numerous provisions to help families offset higher education costs, very few incentives exist to offset early childhood expenses. Changing this dynamic is crucial, not just for the wellbeing of today’s children, but for the economic health of our country. Access to affordable, reliable, and quality early learning and care is an … Read More

Bipartisan Senate Briefing Makes the Case for MIECHV Reauthorization -

The Home Visiting Coalition, in collaboration with the offices of Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Menendez (D-NJ), held a bipartisan Senate briefing on Tuesday on the importance of reauthorizing and increasing funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). Research demonstrates that evidence-based home visiting improves prenatal care and birth outcomes, early child health and development, school readiness, and parenting practices; while reducing incidents of child maltreatment … Read More

New Research Shows Significantly More Neural Connections Formed During Early Years Than Previously Thought -

The early years matter. In fact, just last week the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child released new research showing that significantly more neural connections are made in the brain during the early years of life than previously thought. The Center’s Dr. Jack Shonkoff and his team had previously found that the brain makes 700-1000 new neural connections per second in the first few years of life. However, the … Read More

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Says Early Childhood Education Is Key to Ending Generational Cycle of Poverty -

A new study released by the Federal Reserve shows that children who grew up in poverty are two times as likely to struggle financially later in life. Fed Chair Janet Yellen spoke to a conference on community development today, where she says that providing children with the opportunity to learn important skills earlier is essential to ending this generational cycle of poverty. “This research underscores the value of starting young … Read More

Early Childhood Advocates Make the Case for Funding Critical Programs at Congressional Hearing -

On Thursday, March 16, 2017 the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee (L-HHS) of House Appropriations convened a bipartisan hearing on FY18 budgeting priorities. This hearing came during the second consecutive week of leaders and experts in the early learning field being invited to Capitol Hill to speak on behalf of investing in children in the early years. Earlier this month, Educare D.C.’s Executive Director, Pyper Davis, testified before the House L-HHS Subcommittee … Read More