Month: March 2016

Combatting the School to Prison Pipeline by Deepening Investment in Early Learning/Early Interventions -

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would amend regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for the purpose of promoting equity. IDEA is a federal law that ensures states and local educational agencies (LEAs) provide services to children with disabilities, which includes early intervention, special education and related services. Previously, states and its LEAs could … Read More

American Academy of Pediatrics Launches New Anti-Poverty Initiative -

All children deserve a strong start in life, yet almost half of young children in the United States live in or near poverty. Research shows that kids living in poverty are less likely to be healthy, do well in school, and succeed later in life. Pediatricians can now be a part of the solution. For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that pediatricians screen children for poverty … Read More

$3.6 Million Going to Support Children of Flint, MI through Head Start Program -

The crisis around Flint’s contaminated water source exposes all community members to the toxic effects of lead. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Michigan’s representatives in Congress have stepped up to address the urgency of protecting families with young children from birth to age five – an especially vulnerable population –  against this public health threat. HHS announced yesterday that $3.6 million in emergency … Read More

Tennessee’s Pre-K Program Has a New and Unexpected Supporter -

Recently there has been a white-hot spotlight on early learning in Tennessee, after a Vanderbilt University study questioned the efficacy of the state’s voluntary pre-K program. The study’s authors repeatedly point out that quality matters, and that Tennessee has a long way to go to improve quality in its preschool and K-3 education. This week Tennessee’s pre-K program is back in the press, but this time for some good … Read More