Author: Charles Joughin

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

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

The President and Congress Should Prioritize Early Learning And Care Programs -

WASHINGTON – This week, President Donald Trump released his preliminary budgetary blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year. This budget only includes a high-level summary of proposed funding levels and administration priorities, but as currently written, this administration’s budget includes historically deep cuts to domestic programs. While we were encouraged the budget did not mention specific cuts to federal early childhood education programs, we are concerned by the overall funding … Read More

Congressional Hearing on MIECHV Highlights Evidence-Based Benefits of Home Visiting -

Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing on the importance of reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, set to expire this fall. Among those invited to testify was Diana Rauner, President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund. The Subcommittee Members, including Chairman Adrian Smith and Ranking Member Danny Davis voiced their support for MIECHV and programs like it – … 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