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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

New Report Highlights Continued Lack of Access to High-Quality Public Preschool in States -

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released a new report today highlighting the growing inequality among states in access to high-quality public preschool. While many states have made significant gains in enrollment and spending, others have done very little to boost quality early childhood programs across the country. The NIEER research team used data from the 2015-16 school year, reviewing 43 states, plus the District of Columbia and … Read More

FFYF and Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus Host Hill Briefing On Early Childhood Education -

This week, the First Five Years Fund, in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, convened a panel of experts to highlight the importance of high-quality early childhood education and development. Brain science confirms that the first five years of life play a critical role across all domains of learning and development. A number of federal programs, combined with efforts on the state and local levels, help children from … Read More

FFYF Celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day -

Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and FFYF proudly celebrates this important reminder from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prioritize mental health initiatives that promote children’s healthy development from the start. Beginning at birth, a child’s social-emotional development significantly impacts their subsequent development and learning, including their capacity to withstand instances of stress and do well in school. Long before children learn to … Read More

How Early Learning Can Help Young Children Overcome Trauma -

Research shows us that the first five years of life are critical for brain development. Unfortunately, half of all children in the United States, approximately 35 million, have experienced one more types of trauma, and young children are especially at risk. A new report from Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty outlines promising strategies for child care and preschool programs to help young children who have … Read More