What a ride. For this Kansas Citian, 2014 will be remembered for the Royals improbable, yet fantastic, run up to the last out of the last inning of the last game of the World Series. For all of us, it will be remembered for some of the most significant gains for vulnerable young children and families we have seen in nearly two decades.
The Alliance for Early Success is pleased to release two new reports that expand on our Birth through Age Eight Policy Framework by identifying key policies that connect health, family support, and early learning.
Over the past 9 months the Policy Institute of the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families led a Policy Campaign to educate policy makers and stakeholders about early childhood care and education in general, and specifically about the significant lack of funding for all the early care and education programs in Louisiana.
This week marks the first week of school for many children across America. In Michigan, the recent expansion of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) means even more young children will have the opportunity to attend preschool this fall.
At the conclusion of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day 2014 Legislative Session on May 7th, early childhood advocates had a lot to celebrate. Beginning with opening day speeches by both the Speaker of the House, Mark Ferrandino, and the Senate President, Morgan Carroll, children’s issues and child care in particular were major areas of focus throughout the session.
Overall early childhood policies in Florida saw some modest successes though a few priorities were not achieved. Early learning funding increased slightly in Florida this year, though the percentage increase to the early learning budget was below the increases realized by the K-12 and higher education budgets.
Early care and education advocates in Kansas are celebrating a budget victory this year in what has become a tough climate for public investments of any kind. The cause for celebration is the surprising veto of a provision to sweep $5 million from early childhood programs.
On a snowy morning in December, state legislators, including the Chairs of the Education Committee, toured Educare Central Maine. The tour showed them what high quality early education for children, starting at birth, really looks like and means to Maine’s children and families.
By now, nearly everyone knows that Pre-K is a hot topic in New York State, topping the legislative agenda, with key state officials agreeing that the key questions were not whether to invest, but how much and how fast – and how to pay for it.