Author: Megan Salzman

Three-Year-Olds Now Eligible for New York City’s Pre-K Program -

New York City announced this week that it will be extending full-day, high-quality public early childhood education to three-year-olds. In announcement on Monday morning, Mayor de Blasio announced 3-K for All, a program that builds on the city’s Pre-K for All program that has served four-year-olds. Over the last four years, 185,000 families have enrolled in NYC’s pre-k program. The new 3-K for All program will launch in two of … 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

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