Month: May 2015

Strong Start for America’s Children Act Reintroduced in Congress -

Today, legislation was reintroduced in Congress aimed at helping children start school with the knowledge and resources necessary for success. The Strong Start for America’s Children Act 2015 was introduced in the House by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in the Senate. The bill would create new federal partnerships with states and communities to help improve and expand high-quality, full-day preschool programs. Read More

First Five Years Fund statement on the 50th anniversary of Head Start -

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Head Start program, a federal program launched as part of the War on Poverty. Now, amid new economic challenges, deeper divides of income inequality and a persistent cycle of poverty, policymakers are looking for effective solutions to address today’s obstacles facing America’s families. Mounting evidence points to quality early childhood education, like Head Start programs across the country, as being pivotal to helping … Read More

New Report Shows Early Childhood Education Gaining Ground in the States, but More Investments are Needed -

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University released its annual nonpartisan report on The State of Preschool for the 2013-14 school year. The report shows what we at FFYF have also been tracking: states are working to increase funding for public preschool programs and that is having a positive effect on enrollment nationwide. Key findings from the NIEER report include: States … Read More