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

Early Learning Leader Testifies Before Congress: Increase Support for Early Childhood Programs in FY18 -

The budgeting and appropriations process for FY2018 is underway in Congress, and earlier today, the House L-HHS Subcommittee of Appropriations held a bipartisan hearing in which 19 witnesses weighed in on FY2018 budgeting priorities. Pyper Davis, the Executive Director of Educare D.C., testified before Chairman Cole, Ranking Member DeLauro, and the members of the Subcommittee about the importance of investing in the federal early learning programs across the birth to … Read More

Early Childhood Advocates to Lawmakers: Thanks to Bipartisan Leadership in Congress, States Are Prioritizing ECE in State ESSA Plans -

Thanks in large part to the Senate HELP and House Education and the Workforce committees, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s most prominent public education law, was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015. We are grateful that Congress championed this critically important work for the many American families who struggle to find, and afford, quality learning … 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