Lifelong Gains

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

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

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

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Says Early Childhood Education Is Key to Ending Generational Cycle of Poverty -

A new study released by the Federal Reserve shows that children who grew up in poverty are two times as likely to struggle financially later in life. Fed Chair Janet Yellen spoke to a conference on community development today, where she says that providing children with the opportunity to learn important skills earlier is essential to ending this generational cycle of poverty. “This research underscores the value of starting young … 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