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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

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