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.
Find out about the numbers of young, at-risk children in your state and nationally by using the The Young Child Risk Calculator (YCRC). This recently updated tool, available from The National Center for Children in Poverty, shows that nearly one in five children in the US faces multiple risks that increase their chance of poor health, development, and school outcomes.
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.
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).
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