Month: February 2011

Valentine’s Day Hearts (and Darts) for Children -

The President just released his FY12 budget, and the news is good for early education. So as not to “bury the lead,” here are the proposed numbers fresh off the presses: $350 million for the Early Learning Challenge Fund $866 million for Head Start and Early Head Start $1.3 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Yay. But keep the Veuve Cliquot on ice for now. Remember, this … Read More

What does the President’s budget mean for early learning? -

The President released his FY2013 budget proposal today, and, while we’re not overwhelmed by Valentine’s hearts and flowers for early learning, the news could have been worse: An $85 million increase for Head Start and Early Head Start, to $8.054 billion overall—enough, as the White House fact sheet says, to maintain the slots that were funded as part of the 2009 Recovery Act A $300 million increase for child care … Read More

Welcome to the Starting Point: Bringing the Baby Into the Room -

The late Irving Harris was a businessman, philanthropist and early education evangelist who emphasized the importance of “bringing the baby into the room” when discussing the importance of quality early learning for our nation’s most at-risk children. In that spirit, today we introduce a new early education blog by bringing a baby of sorts, Chuck Mills,, into the room. Mills was a baby, but that was more than … Read More

Early Learning Challenge Fund: More Important than Ever -

As states across the country confront unprecedented budget deficits, early education is under fire. In Iowa, some legislators proposed eliminating voluntary, universal preschool four-year olds, arguing that there isn’t sufficient data to justify the program. A mountain of research points to a solid payoff from quality early learning—including better outcomes in education, health, personal productivity and economic vitality. But many legislators remain skeptical about the value … Read More