The Need

National Poll: School Superintendents Say Too Little Invested in Early Learning -

According to a new Gallup poll, the majority (80%) of U.S. K-12 public school superintendents say their state is investing too little in early childhood education programs. When asked about the impact of early childhood programs on student success, as many as 77% of superintendents believe programs have a “great-deal” of long-term impact on the success of students in school, underscoring the importance of greater investment in early childhood programs … Read More

American Academy of Pediatrics: Quality Early Childhood Education Must Be a Priority -

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of 66​,000 pediatricians from across America, released a new policy statement this week highlighting the importance of high-quality early childhood education, and urging lawmakers at the state and national level to expand access to high-quality ECE. “Pediatricians have a role in promoting quality early education and child care for all children not only in the medical home but also at the … Read More

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning in Early Childhood -

According to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Penn State University, “emphasis on social emotional learning in early childhood can enable children to thrive academically, mentally, and physically in kindergarten and beyond.” The brief shares evidence-based programs and practices that work in promoting social and emotional learning in preschool. Specifically, social-emotional programs are effective when they: Promote positive classroom management and improve quality of teacher-student … Read More

New Report Highlights Continued Lack of Access to High-Quality Public Preschool in States -

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released a new report today highlighting the growing inequality among states in access to high-quality public preschool. While many states have made significant gains in enrollment and spending, others have done very little to boost quality early childhood programs across the country. The NIEER research team used data from the 2015-16 school year, reviewing 43 states, plus the District of Columbia and … Read More

FFYF and Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus Host Hill Briefing On Early Childhood Education -

This week, the First Five Years Fund, in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, convened a panel of experts to highlight the importance of high-quality early childhood education and development. Brain science confirms that the first five years of life play a critical role across all domains of learning and development. A number of federal programs, combined with efforts on the state and local levels, help children from … Read More