Month: February 2017

NGA Highlights ECE in Annual Winter Meeting -

The National Governors Association (NGA) met this past weekend in Washington, D.C. for their annual Winter Meeting. One particular issue that took center stage, was early childhood education. NGA members including Governors Bentley (R-AL) and Inslee (D-WA), touted the importance of investing in the early years. “Governors believe that early childhood education is the foundation of a successful life and, increasingly, a strong economy,” said Governor Bentley. “That is why … Read More

Secretary Colin Powell: We Need Preschool, We Need Head Start -

Colin Powell is an iconic American statesman who has served Democratic and Republican administrations in the highest military and diplomatic posts. The history-making former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State also knows that a child’s education begins long before he or she sets foot inside a kindergarten classroom. In a 2012 TED Talk, Secretary Powell makes the case for the need to support young children … Read More

New Research Highlights Latino Families are Resilient Despite Limited Resources -

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families’ latest research highlights young Latino children and families are resilient despite limited resources. Despite many having low levels of income and education, Latino parents have stable relationships and home environments as well job security – often predictive of future, positive, child well-being. The Center’s research show this is not only true for Latinos in general, but Latino immigrant families. Their latest … Read More

Heckman on Quality Early Childhood Education: There Is No “Fadeout,” Only Lasting Benefits -

An abridged version of the following letter to the editor of the Washington Post was published February 24, 2017. The letter can also be found on The Heckman Equation website.    By: James J. Heckman A new study, Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions, was featured in a Washington Post analysis on January 17, 2017, making the claim that … Read More

Pennsylvania FY2017-18 Budget Reflects Public Will: Investing in Early Learning is a Critical Priority for Children, Families and Communities -

On Tuesday, February 7th, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf (D) announced his budget proposal for 2017-18, which prioritizes investing in the state’s youngest constituents in the form of a $75 million increase in funding for high-quality early childhood education. $65 million would go towards the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program and $10 million would go towards Head Start Supplemental Assistance. This alone would allow 8,400 additional children to access quality … Read More