Month: June 2016

New Learning Policy Institute Report Profiles Lessons on Quality ECE in Four States -

Research consistently shows smart investments in high-quality early childhood education produce economic and social dividends for children, families, and society. However, how we get there is often lacking. Today, The Learning Policy Institute, in partnership with Council for a Strong America and First Five Years Fund, hosted a forum in Washington, D.C. to discuss the Learning Policy Institute’s latest report, The Road to High-Quality Early Education: Lessons from the States. Read More

Office of Child Care Announces New $135 Million Opportunity for Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships and Early Head Start Expansion -

Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, Congress appropriated $135 million for new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) and Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion grants. EHS-CCPs support states and communities in expanding high quality early learning and development opportunities for infants and toddlers. After only two years EHS-CCP programs have shown positive and comprehensive impacts on the lives of young children across the country. The new law will increase … Read More

State Support Grows for Preschool Development Grants Program -

Following the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which authorized the new $250 million Preschool Development Grants (PDG) program under Title IX, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle have come forward to support taking proactive steps to implement the program. PDG is the first dedicated funding stream for early learning ever included in the main elementary and secondary education law. ESSA’s PDG program is intended to … Read More

Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases Annual KIDS COUNT Data Book -

Federal, state, and local governments have been working together with early childhood advocates to provide the nation’s most vulnerable children with better lives and end the continuous poverty cycle. With a strong and healthy beginning children are more likely to have lifelong gains that lead to upward mobility. The number of children and families being reached has grown tremendously due to Head Start, Early Head Start, Home Visiting Services … Read More

Pay for Success Emerges as New Financing Mechanism to Support Continued Early Learning Investment -

Pay for Success (PFS) is a financing mechanism that leverages community-based solutions to public sector interests with private investment. Though public investment in early childhood education has undoubtedly increased, the demand is far greater than what has been financed, leaving a marked supply shortage. PFS financing is one way to narrow this gap between supply and demand. This innovative contracting model is gaining bipartisan, legislative traction at the state level … Read More