The Need

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

Three-Year-Olds Now Eligible for New York City’s Pre-K Program -

New York City announced this week that it will be extending full-day, high-quality public early childhood education to three-year-olds. In announcement on Monday morning, Mayor de Blasio announced 3-K for All, a program that builds on the city’s Pre-K for All program that has served four-year-olds. Over the last four years, 185,000 families have enrolled in NYC’s pre-k program. The new 3-K for All program will launch in two of … Read More

These Child Care Tax Proposals Would Bring Working Families Much-Needed Relief on #TaxDay -

Tuesday is the deadline for Americans to file their federal income tax returns, and while the tax code includes numerous provisions to help families offset higher education costs, very few incentives exist to offset early childhood expenses. Changing this dynamic is crucial, not just for the wellbeing of today’s children, but for the economic health of our country. Access to affordable, reliable, and quality early learning and care is an … Read More