Preschool Development Grants

Which States Are Making Strides to Improve Public Preschool Programs? -

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released the latest edition of its annual report that scores state-funded preschool programs on their efforts to increase access, funding and quality. This year’s “State of Preschool Yearbook” identified areas of growth in states across the country, and made recommendations for how they could make improvements to the quality of their preschool programs, as well as enrollment. The NIEER … Read More

House Omnibus Bill Includes Huge Bipartisan Funding Increases for Early Learning & Care Programs -

Late Wednesday evening, the U.S. House unveiled an omnibus government spending bill, which includes a huge funding increase for some of the nation’s vital early learning and care programs. BIG NEWS: The Omnibus government funding bill just unveiled in the House includes huge funding increases for crucial early learning and care programs! 1/4 — FirstFiveYearsFund (@firstfiveyears) March 22, 2018 Overwhelming bipartisan support on … Read More

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 … 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