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What the Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Immigrants Means for Kids

October 18, 2018
Ajay Chaudry & Hirokazu Yoshikawa

The Trump administration followed up on its brutal separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents at the U. S. border by proposing a new regulation that could lead to the separation of even lawfully present immigrants from their citizen children. As researchers focused on creating opportunities for children to succeed, and as passionate…

To boost preschool quality, Massachusetts invests in college degrees for teachers

October 18, 2018
Suzanne Bouffard

Kayla Pinto knew she had found her calling from the first day she taught preschool at the YMCA in Somerville, Massachusetts. Pinto had grown up attending programs at the Y in this small city just north of Boston, and she started working there when she was 14. But it wasn’t until her early 20s, when…

Overwhelming Number of Voters Support Funding Early Learning

October 18, 2018
Cara Sklar

Early learning is REALLY popular. How popular is it? It’s more popular than watching videos of cute puppies or even the Super Bowl.* There is good reason for this exceptional popularity. Exposure to high quality early learning experiences fosters the healthy development of young children with the added benefit of enabling parents to pursue careers….

New Juneau mayor forms child care task force

October 17, 2018
Alex McCarthy

On the night of her election as mayor, Beth Weldon said in an interview that one of her main priorities in her new office is addressing the shortage of child care in Juneau. During her first meeting in her new office, Weldon took the first step in doing that. Weldon announced Monday that she is…

To fund pre-K, advocates in Indiana pitch tax credit scholarships, ‘pay for success,’ tax hikes

October 17, 2018
Stephanie Wang

Early childhood education advocates are suggesting new ways for the state to fund prekindergarten — by bringing in investments from local communities and corporations. In a new report released Tuesday by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute and Early Learning Indiana, advocates recommended the state look into tax credit scholarships, social impact bonds, food and…

IU Study: Child Care Shortages Drain $3B From Indiana Economy

October 17, 2018
Eric Berman

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana’s losing $3 billion a year because it doesn’t have enough child care. That’s the finding of an Indiana University study. The study calculates businesses bleed one-point-eight-billion dollars through lost productivity, or through the cost of extra help to cover for employees who miss work or quit their jobs entirely to deal with child…

In Vermont, Scott pitches plan to fund child care subsidies with new internet sales tax

October 15, 2018

Gov. Phil Scott is proposing to use $7 million generated from a new tax on internet sales to boost the state’s spending on child care subsidies for Vermont families. Vermont and other states started collecting the tax when the Supreme Court voted in June to  overturn a decades-old case  which had barred states from reaping sales taxes from businesses…

Early-childhood advocates alarmed at growth of online preschool programs

October 15, 2018
Amelia Harper

Dive Brief: In  a joint petition statement  released Wednesday by Defending the Early Years and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, dozens of early-childhood education experts and advocates expressed alarm at the growth of online preschool programs that are being used primarily by parents who cannot access traditional preschool because of cost factors or lack of access to high-quality…

Mayor’s Fund for Education Reach Further With Early Education Plan

October 15, 2018
Stephanie Stutzman

The city of Long Beach has partnered with the Mayor’s Fund for Education to unveil a plan of action that provides more access to early education for parents and youngsters. It is called the Early Childhood Education Plan, and city leaders said last Friday, Oct. 5, that they are hoping the educational program will help…

Expanding state and local preschool programs to support immigrant families

October 12, 2018
Erica Greenberg

Recent immigration policy changes and intensified enforcement efforts are  taking a toll  on immigrant families. Growing evidence documents  fear  and  stress  among children of immigrants along with the rapid  disconnection  of families from  public benefits  that could provide material and health support.  Proposed changes to “public charge” rules  are likely to exacerbate this trend. Public preschool programs are one way state and local governments can support immigrant children and…