Month: June 2012

White House event emphasizes impact of investments in Head Start -

The White House honored 11 Head Start Champions of Change earlier this week, including Educare Arizona Early Head Start teacher Angelica Vilaverda and Executive Director of Tulsa Educare Caren Calhoun, as part of a weekly event series that recognizes the extraordinary work of seemingly normal citizens. First Five Years Fund Director of Policy and Government Relations K. Shiek Pal attended … Read More

Early Learning Funding Update: Good first steps in tough times -

Earlier today, the Senate appropriations subcommittee tasked with setting funding levels for early learning programs approved its FY13 spending bill. As we’ve mentioned before, this is just the first step in a long process that will likely extend beyond the November elections and into next winter’s lame duck session, with many potential hurdles and tough negotiations likely to unfold between today’s mark-up and a final bill. But first steps … Read More

A quick and easy way to support early learning in Race to the Top -

Just in case your summer reading list was light on wonkiness, the U.S. Department of Education released last month its preliminary plan for the Race to the Top – District competition. The good news: there are real opportunities for districts to focus on early learning. Even better news: the Department is inviting comments to make the draft plan stronger. Less good news: unearthing the early learning-applicable portions sprinkled throughout the … Read More