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American Academy of Pediatrics: Quality Early Childhood Education Must Be a Priority -

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of 66​,000 pediatricians from across America, released a new policy statement this week highlighting the importance of high-quality early childhood education, and urging lawmakers at the state and national level to expand access to high-quality ECE. “Pediatricians have a role in promoting quality early education and child care for all children not only in the medical home but also at the … Read More

New Study Shows Extensive Benefits of Home Visiting -

A new study from Nobel laureate James Heckman provides a critical analysis of the Memphis Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, showing voluntary home visiting has extensive short- and long-term benefits for mothers and their children. Home visiting programs pair families looking for additional support and mentoring with trained home visitors such as nurses, social workers, and educators. Home-visitors helps families lay the foundation for the health, education, development, and … Read More

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

House Appropriations Commits to Bipartisanship and Importance of ECE -

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee met to consider the draft fiscal year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill. The draft bill allocates funds for the core early childhood programs as follows: a $21.91 million funding increase for Head Start, level funding for Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships ($640 million), a $4 million increase for CCDBG, and level funding for PDG ($250 million). These … 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