The Need

Oprah Winfrey’s “Life-Changing” Report on Childhood Trauma -

CBS News: Oprah Winfrey reports on how trauma plays a role in childhood development and what new methods are being used to help kids who have experienced it. Last week on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Oprah Winfrey reported on childhood trauma, and the emotional, developmental, and biological impact it has on a person for the rest of his or her life. “Of all the stories I’ve ever done in my life, and … Read More

New National Academies Report Examines Financing of Quality Early Childhood Programs -

A groundbreaking new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine concludes that “high-quality early care and education (ECE) for children from birth to kindergarten entry is critical to children’s positive development, but it has been financed in such a way that it is only available to a fraction of the families who need and want it.” The National Academies convened a committee of experts … Read More


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

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