Lifelong Gains

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 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

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 Congressional Briefing on Making the Tax Code Help Working Families with the Cost of Child Care -

Earlier this week, the First Five Years Fund, along with the Save the Children Action Network, the National Association for the Education of the Young Child, and KinderCare, hosted a bipartisan, bicameral Hill briefing in partnership with the cosponsors of the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act – Senator Angus King (I-ME), Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL). Supporting the healthy development of young children, beginning at … Read More