Year: 2017

GAO Report Finds Federal Early Learning Programs Function Symbiotically with Little Overlap or Fragmentation -

A 2017 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the federal government’s early childhood education programs function symbiotically and collaboratively to benefit the eligible population of children and families they serve, assuaging questions about program overlap, fragmentation, or duplication. The GAO, which serves as the official audit, evaluation, and investigative institution for the federal government, regularly reports on government programs and policies. The … Read More

Head Start Providers Are Supporting Puerto Rico’s Young Children Recovering from Hurricane Maria -

The following post originally appeared on the Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families blog.    By Steven Wagner, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Two weeks ago I traveled to Puerto Rico to meet with leadership from every Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Head Start and Early Head Start program. They had all been personally affected by the devastation left by Hurricane … Read More

With Few Days Left in Congress’ Legislative Calendar, Families Hope for Action on MIECHV -

Home visiting programs pair families looking for additional support and mentoring with trained home visitors such as nurses, social workers, and educators. Ensuring the preservation of the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) must be a top priority for Congress. MIECHV is a crucial source of funding support that enables states to serve eligible families with home visiting services, and its two-year extension made under the CHIP … Read More

New Study Reveals Long-term Benefits of Tulsa’s Pre-K Program -

A new study from Georgetown University finds Tulsa’s universal pre-K program has produced significant, positive effects on students’ educational achievement and well-being through middle school. Researchers found that middle school students who participated in Tulsa’s pre-K program “have higher math test scores, are more likely to enroll in honors courses, and are noticeably less likely to have been retained in grade.” Early findings found that children in the study … Read More

Study of Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative Shows English Language Learners More Ready for Kindergarten -

English language learners participating in the Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative (NVELI) pilot program proved to be three times more ready to enter kindergarten than English learning pre-school children in Napa County who did not participate. The pilot program is funded by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV). This is the impressive statistic capping the first four years of the NVELI, as reported by the independent research firm of Applied Survey … Read More