Author: Megan Salzman

POLL: American Families Struggle with the Cost of Child Care -

Child care is among the largest household expenses for families with young children across the country. According to a new study from Care.com, one-third of American families spend 20% of their household income on child care, leaving some families feeling financial strain. Care.com’s Cost of Care Survey also found that 67% of new parents were surprised by how much child care costs, while 52% of families thought they were already … Read More

Forum Highlights Impact of Early Childhood Education on Health and Well-Being -

The Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action Hub (P4A) hosted an event last Wednesday to discuss the hub’s latest findings on the impact of early childhood education on health and well-being. Building the Evidence Base Among the featured speakers at the event was Dr. Sherry Glied, Dean and Professor of Public Service at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School Public Service. Dr. Glied’s research … Read More

Voters Overwhelmingly Support Investments in Home Visiting Programs -

American voters agree: early childhood education must be a priority for Congress and the administration. According to the First Five Years Fund’s 2017 annual poll, 78% of voters support investments in home visiting programs that help parents support their child’s early learning, health, and emotional development. Our polling also shows us that this is not a partisan issue. Majorities of every partisan persuasion also say these investments are important … Read More

New Infant and Toddler 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. Specifically, the SCBC Infant/Toddler Specialist Network resources help support policies and practices to increase the supply … Read More

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning in Early Childhood -

According to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Penn State University, “emphasis on social emotional learning in early childhood can enable children to thrive academically, mentally, and physically in kindergarten and beyond.” The brief shares evidence-based programs and practices that work in promoting social and emotional learning in preschool. Specifically, social-emotional programs are effective when they: Promote positive classroom management and improve quality of teacher-student … Read More