Lifelong Gains

Prominent Ohio Newspaper Celebrates Cincinnati’s Early Childhood Success -

Earlier this week, the editorial board of the conservative Cincinnati Enquirer penned a piece highlighting the success of the Cincinnati Preschool Promise Program. The program was established in 2016 after Cincinnati residents approved voted in favor of a measure to make high-quality preschool availability to all children. The program has provided tuition assistance to 1,337 children, and a total of 82 preschools were brought into the program, giving families a … Read More

Early Learning Takes Center Stage in California Governor’s Race -

As the governor’s race heats up in California, early learning is taking center stage. From candidate forums to debates, candidates on both sides of the aisle want to ensure the state’s youngest learners are prepared for the future. “This is the first time that babies, toddlers, preschoolers are being talked about by the leading candidates for governor and it’s really, really exciting,” said Avo Makdessian, director of the Center … Read More

TANF Supports Early Learning & Care Opportunities for Low-Income Families -

Child care is not a luxury for American families—it’s a necessity. Yet the costs associated with quality child care are rapidly outpacing other expenses faced by families, including the cost of higher education. In addition to other important federal programs that support the care and education of America’s young children from birth through age five – particularly those from low-income families – the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program … Read More

Sen. Angus King Shares Why Quality Child Care Is a Top Priority for Congress -

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) has been a strong voice for children on Capitol Hill since joining the Senate in 2013. Just last year, as an original sponsor of the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, Sen. King worked tirelessly with Republicans and Democrats in both the House & Senate to strengthen the outdated child care provisions of the tax code, successfully defeated attempts to roll … Read More

Report Details Importance of Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years -

A new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Penn State University details the crucial role that parents and caregivers play in creating the foundation for a young child’s social and emotional development. The new brief surveys a range of strategies to strengthen adult caregiving and improve young children’s social-emotional development. Key findings from the brief include: Early social and emotional development establishes a psychological foundation for … Read More