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.
The close of the 2013 New Mexico legislative session resulted in several significant wins for young children, including new accountability for home visiting programs and additional funding for home visiting, child care, pre-k, and early literacy.
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.
Scientists, economists, teachers, and doctors agree, the early years of a child’s life establish the foundation for success in school and in life. A range of state policies play an important role in putting children on the right path
This season is especially exciting for us as we introduce our new name and brand, the Alliance for Early Success, to reflect our expanded focus to support and invest in effective state polices for children from birth through age eight. (See our Press Release)