Lifelong Gains

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

High-Quality Early Learning and Care Supports a Two-Generation Approach -

Families with young children are more likely to live in poverty, and due to their low-income status, these families face barriers that can have a negative impact on their child’s early development. Research shows that meaningful and continuous access to high-quality early learning and care can deliver a 13 percent return on investment, yet the cost of quality care, which can rival the cost of housing, is prohibitive for … 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

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