The Need

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

Early Childhood Advocates Make the Case for Funding Critical Programs at Congressional Hearing -

On Thursday, March 16, 2017 the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee (L-HHS) of House Appropriations convened a bipartisan hearing on FY18 budgeting priorities. This hearing came during the second consecutive week of leaders and experts in the early learning field being invited to Capitol Hill to speak on behalf of investing in children in the early years. Earlier this month, Educare D.C.’s Executive Director, Pyper Davis, testified before the House L-HHS Subcommittee … Read More

New 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. The SCBC, along with their new resources, plays a critical role in helping state and … 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