Head Start & Early Head Start

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

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 July … 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

Head Start Benefits Kids Who Attend — And Their Kids, Too -

A new study shows that the children of people who had access to Head Start are more likely to graduate high school and attend college, and less likely to commit crime and become a teen parent, according to Chalkbeat. “Our findings indicate that societal investments in early childhood education can disrupt the intergenerational transmission of the effects of poverty,” write researchers Andrew Barr of Texas A&M and Chloe Gibbs … Read More

America’s Governors to Congress: Early Childhood Education Must Be a Priority -

This week Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, both Vice Chairs of the National Governors Association, wrote a letter to leaders in Congress on behalf of the nation’s governors, urging them to strengthening the state-federal partnership on early childhood education. “For governors, education and care for our youngest learners is equally important to our nation as health care, tax reform and investments in infrastructure. We urge … Read More