Members of 30 different state and national advocacy groups and unions are meeting in Washington, D.C., for the Grassroots Assembly for Child Care and Early Education.
A new report by the Center for American Progress estimates that, on average, parents nationally pay more than $3,000 on five weeks of summer care for two children.
The 101,000-student Jefferson County district, the state's largest, says it will start an early-childhood program of its own to serve Head Start-eligible children.
These tools encourage school administrators to gather as much information as possible about the students who will be entering kindergarten and the early-learning offerings in their communities.
The credential, which will be required of new lead preschool teachers in 2019, requires recipients to do practice teaching and to receive mentoring and coaching.
Two-thirds of K-3 teachers view themselves as early-childhood educators and three-quarters support creation of a unified, aligned system of early-childhood education from birth to age 8.
The creators of a mapping program developed to find where child care was needed most in Philadelphia are bringing the tool to other areas in that region and beyond.
An audit of the early-childhood education offerings in Minnesota finds complexity and fragmentation as well as a lack of data about program effectiveness.
An initiative backed by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is providing resources to families in an effort to teach them about the importance of quality, early-childhood education.
The revamped, online professional development program was produced by Too Small to Fail and will allow early-childhood educators to earn training hours toward a Child Development Associate credential.