Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, now in 34 states, has an impact on how often Latino parents read to their children, and how these parents see themselves as advocates.
Early Head Start programs and private child-care programs have an opportunity to receive grants to serve more low-income children through a $500 million federal funding boost.
Sample surveys are intended to help program managers get a "big picture" of how their early-childhood education programs are working.
Based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the center will offer strategic planning and evaluation services to states.
An analysis of children in a federally-funded study found that depression among teachers was connected to emotional difficulties among the young children in their care.
These assessments are intended to help give teachers an idea of their students' strengths and weaknesses at the start of their school careers.
The bill passed on a party-line vote, but House Republican leaders have balked at the cost of the expansion, which would be more than $30 billion over the first five years.
The National Institute for Early Education Research, which advocates on behalf of expanded high-quality preschool options, uses federal funds only for data collection, its president says.
The tool commonly known as ECERS-R may not be sensitive enough to measure the elements that preschools must have to improve children's academic and social outcomes, according to new research.
The money will be used to promote professional development among early-learning staff and promoting day care center improvements.