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Governors from Red and Blue States Continue to Prioritize Early Childhood Education -

As we mentioned last week, public support for high-quality early childhood education remained strong in 2017. And over the past few weeks, governors have prioritized the issue in “State of the State” addresses. Here is what governors from red and blue states had to say: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D): Governor Hickenlooper stated his state’s early childhood investments are “nonpartisan and comprehensive.” “We re-convened the Education Leadership Council … Read More

Key ECE Highlights From This Week’s State of the State Addresses -

Public support for high-quality early childhood education remained strong in 2017, as evidenced by overwhelmingly unified support among voters and policymakers across the political spectrum. As FFYF advocates for increased federal support for early childhood education programs, we are encouraged by support at the state level to expand access to high quality programs and services.  This past week alone, three governors have prioritized the issue in “State of … Read More


Preserving and building on bipartisan progress In a year when divisive rhetoric, calls for resistance, and partisan distrust dominate the political headlines across the country, public support for investing in quality early childhood education from birth through age five remained an overwhelmingly unifying issue among American voters – and lawmakers – of every political persuasion. The past twelve months of advocacy and achievement build on bipartisan momentum that has been … Read More

Jim Messina & Kevin Madden: A Year After Election, Early Childhood Education Remains Rare Unifying Issue -

By Jim Messina & Kevin Madden   It has been one year since Donald J. Trump was elected President. Between then and now, the focus may seem tilted toward how voters are more divided than ever, with the headlines occupied by stories about division and gridlock. But, despite all this rancor, when you talk to elected officials of either party from President, to Senators, to Congress, or Governors, they often … Read More

Indispensable Priorities for Advancing High-Quality Pre-K -

By the time a child starts elementary school, their bodies and brains have already gone through a vital period of growth and development that lay the groundwork for later learning and health in their adult years. Because the first five years of life are highly impressionable, whether negatively by adverse childhood experiences or positively by high-quality early childhood education (ECE), the choice is obvious – access to high-quality programs before … Read More