Washington Takes an Important Step toward Increased Opportunity

The Washington Legislature wrapped up its second special session last week by passing a biennial budget that creates more opportunity for our state’s youngest learners. In a time of financial struggle, lawmakers chose to prioritize funding for improved access and quality in early learning programs.

Home Visiting Advances in States

Home visiting—which matches parents with trained providers who share information and offer support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s earliest years—received strong bipartisan support in state capitols during the 2013 legislative session.

$65 Million Expansion of Pre-k in Michigan

More than 10,000 Michigan four-year-olds and their families will have the opportunity to participate in high-quality preschool next year thanks to a visionary expansion of the state’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP).

Making Early Childhood the Priority It Deserves to Be

President Obama’s FY14 budget calls for an unprecedented increase in federal funding for programs serving young children. If implemented, this bold initiative would mean investing in young children is finally the priority it deserves to be. 

State of Emergency Declared for U.S. Preschool

For those of us working hard to provide more vulnerable young children with access to quality care and preschool programs, it was alarming to read the new report released from the National Institute for Early Education Research.  The NIEER report found that although states are serving the same percentage of children as they did last year, their average spending has fallen from $4,284 to $3,841 per child.