Economic Impact

2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: ADVOCATING FOR HIGH-QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION -

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

New RAND Study Takes Stock of Successes in Early Childhood Education Programs -

A new report out from the RAND Corporation takes a deeper look at the outcomes and economic returns from early childhood programs. The study, Investing Early, sought to answer three primary research questions including: what program approaches to providing services (prenatal to school entry) have been rigorously evaluated; what outcomes did these programs improve in the short or long term; and what are the costs and benefits of effective programs … Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Expansive Early Childhood Policy Recommendations -

Children are America’s greatest resource, yet less than half of low-income children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that could dramatically improve their opportunities for a better future. A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) explores how our lawmakers can help support our nation’s youngest learners and working families The BPC’s Early Childhood Initiative, led by former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), and former Representative George Miller (D-CA) … 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

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases New Guide for Business Engagement in Early Ed -

The U.S. Chamber Foundation Center for Education and Workforce released a new guide this week that provides resources for the business community to advance access to high-quality, affordable early learning and care. In addition to the proven benefits of early childhood education for children, access to affordable, reliable, and high-quality early learning and care opportunities provides working families with better job stability and overall economic security. Unfortunately, the need … Read More