Author: Megan Salzman

New Resources from the Child Care State Capacity Building Center -

State leaders are at the forefront of creating innovative early childhood care and learning systems around the country. The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC), one of the Office of Care’s Technical Assistance (TA) Centers, released a number of new resources this month that provide state leaders with early childhood technical assistance (TA) support. The SCBC, along with their new resources, plays a critical role in helping state and … Read More

New BPC Report Highlights Need for MIECHV Reauthorization -

The Bipartisan Policy Center recently released a report, Preserving the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Other Safety-Net Programs, which highlights the importance and need to reauthorize four programs that support low-income children and families. One of the major programs that is set to expire in FY 2017 includes the Maternal, Infant and Early-Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). Voluntary home visiting programs have a proven record of success supporting the … Read More

Tennessee is tying preschool funding to quality as part of a sweeping overhaul -

Less than a year after a Vanderbilt University study questioned the efficacy of Tennessee’s voluntary pre-K program, lawmakers are doubling down and putting a heavier focus on quality as part of an overhaul of the state early learning system. Since the Vanderbilt study’s release, the state’s education department has been exploring how to improve the quality of pre-K classrooms. “We know the findings from the 2015 Vanderbilt study are real, … Read More

New Alabama First Class Pre-K Results Show Strong Return on Investment -

For years, the state of Alabama has been a strong champion of early childhood education, and has received high praise for its First Class Pre-K program. Now, new data details the deep impact of the state’s program, showing a strong return on investment. The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education’s new data shows the state’s pre-k program is not only closing school readiness gaps, but that low-income students are … Read More

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