Author: Charles Joughin

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

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

Bipartisan Congressional Leaders Speak Out in Support of MIECHV Reauthorization -

The Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program has long enjoyed widespread support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, because it is proven to benefit children and families across the country. In fact, Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill have highlighted MIECHV’s evidence-based record of success when discussing federal programs that are worthy of Congressional support: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) “[Three] years … Read More

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Warns Of “Missed Opportunity” If Congress Doesn’t Expand Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit -

Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman penned an op-ed this morning in Forbes pushing Congress to use tax reform as an opportunity to maintain and increase the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC), and make it refundable. The CDCTC is the only tax credit designed specifically to help families with the costs of work-related child care expenses. Read More

This Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Wants to Strengthen the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit -

Amid efforts to eliminate the only provision in the tax code specifically created to help families with the cost of child care, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation aimed at strengthening it. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) are the sponsors of the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, which would expand the Child and Dependent Care … Read More