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March 07, 2011

U.S. Senator Introduces Early Learning Challenge Fund Bill

The bill introduced by the Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn, would create a competitive grant fund for states that show the most progress developing high-quality early-learning systems.

March 07, 2011

Federal Budget-Battle Recap

Here's a recap of recent events in the federal budget battle, with a focus on early-childhood money.

February 28, 2011

Early-Childhood Aid in Play as Budget Wrangling Continues

The House has introduced a bill to keep the government from shutting down. The short-term measure would cut K-12 spending, but only one early learning program, Even Start, would be eliminated.

February 03, 2011

Value of Early Education? What's the Bottom Line?

While much ado has been made of the return on investment early childhood education can offer in terms of reduced crime, increased employment and other positive outcomes later in life, recent research adds a note of skepticism about these claims.

February 03, 2011

Head Start Alums Tell Their Stories

The First Five Years Fund recently launched Our Head Start, a web site where adults who attended Head Start as children are telling their stories.

January 18, 2011

Child Care in the News

There's a lot going on in child care lately. According to the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), federal child care spending in 2009 stood at $12.4 billion, down slightly from 2008. The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCBDG) is up for reauthorization, bringing issues of child care for low-income families to the fore. The Urban Institute recently released a paper calling for policymakers to help low-income families keep their children in stable care. And the National Association for Regulatory Administration has issued a call to strengthen state licensing for child care.

October 18, 2010

$27 Million to Aid Early-Learning Multimedia Projects

U.S. Department of Education money will help public television develop projects promoting math and literacy for children ages 2 to 8.

October 04, 2010

Early Ed: Weak Link in State Data Chain

Despite millions of federal dollars pushing states to create data systems that would track children from preschool through high school and college, states are still struggling to include their youngest students, says a report released Friday by the New America Foundation. Over the last five years, ...

September 29, 2010

More on Parents as Teachers and i3

Of the 49 Investing in Innovation grant winners, only one was exclusively focused on working with children from birth to age 5. Parents as Teachers won an i3 grant to provide home visiting and parent education to American Indian families with children in that age range. In her Policy Notebook blog,...

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