A former member of the New Mexico State Senate described her first session as a little like “riding a motorcycle in a thunderstorm in the nude.” This may sound a bit like an exaggeration. But, it is not. The New Mexico State Legislature meets for 30 or 60 days, depending on the year and the sessions are often challenging, confrontational and exhilarating. &n
Although Oregon’s even-year 35-day sessions are fairly narrow in scope, this year we had an urgent opportunity to advocate for restoration of funds dedicated to early learning, including Head Start, Early Head Start, Relief Nurseries, and other key programs.
Children’s biological and social experiences early in life influence the trajectory of their growth and development throughout the rest of their lives. Health is one of the three areas of the Birth Through Age Eight State Policy Framework, which guides the Alliance for Early Success partnerships and investments.
Across the states, large numbers of young, low-income children are missing out on opportunities to gain the skills and positive approach to learning they will need to succeed in school. For a two-year-old in a community without Early Head Start, or a four-year-old on a waiting list for a high quality early care and education program, this missed opportunity is likely to
In the beginning, there was not light -- just lunch. It was a lunch at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC to discuss an idea to create an "Alliance" -- stronger links between state-based advocates and national non-profits committed to creating better outcomes for children across the country, from birth to five years old.
The Alliance for Early Success is excited to make a new resource available to help improve the lives of young children, especially those facing the greatest challenges. Today we are releasing a comprehensive research report by Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center on children and family issues: The Research Base for a Birth Through Age Eight State Policy Framework.
How can families in the most difficult circumstances be supported to give children the best chance to succeed? Federal administrators of the Early Head Start program for young children and families think addressing the sources of toxic stress could be part of the answer, according to a multi-part series of journalistic articles, “Tackling Toxic Stress,” produced by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.