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Early Childhood in Nebraska Buoyed by Bipartisanship

In a year that may well stand out as a low point in our national history for extreme political brinksmanship, Nebraska legislators representing all points of the ideological spectrum took their own stand – a united one – in support of early childhood investment in 2013.   Faced by a wide range of difficult budgetary decisions, the 103rd Nebraska Legislature chose to advance eight separate bills directly affecting the safety, quality and availability of early care and education programs for the state’s youngest children and their families.

State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies Need Improvement

Last month, CLASP released Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies documenting where state policies stand in relation to a set of key child care subsidy, licensing and quality improvement policies that support the healthy growth and development of infants and toddlers in child care settings. Data in this report were collected through a state survey, as well as from publicly available data sources. Collectively they offer a baseline of policies important for babies in child care.

FY13 Early Care and Education State Budget Actions

 

The National Conference of State Legislators surveyed 21 state legislative fiscal offices on their FY 2013 state appropriations for various education programs in December 2012. Overall, state appropriations to early care and education increased slightly by $127 million (1.5 percent). Although several states continued to struggle to restore cuts from the previous years, others continued to make small but consistent increases in various early care and education budgets.

Rhode Island 2013 Legislative Successes

Rhode Island, the smallest state in the U.S., is a leaders among states in improving outcomes for young children and families. This year’s legislative session brought some important new victories for the state’s children...

Oregon’s 2013 Legislative Successes

Oregon took another major step toward the transformation of its early learning system during its 2013 legislative session. Two years ago the legislature created the Early Learning Council to take a more comprehensive look at how early childhood services are delivered, and articulate a new vision for Oregon. This session took important steps toward making that vision a reality.

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.

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