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Poll: Early Childhood Education “Safe Issue” for Both Parties


January 11, 2019
Eric Tegethoff

BOISE, Idaho – Even for a sharply divided Congress, there’s one issue that could prove to be a catalyst for collaboration across the aisle – early childhood education. The  sixth annual national poll  commissioned by the First Five Years Fund finds strong support from voters in both parties for making early childhood education more accessible. Idaho’s newly-elected Governor Brad…

Early Childhood Is Ripe For Investment in Innovation, Says Philanthropic Network


January 10, 2019
Christina Samuels

Entrepreneurs are launching innovative projects to support young children and their caregivers, but the investment pales compared to the investments aimed at children in kindergarten through 12th grade, says a new report from a philanthropic investment group. The Omidyar Network is trying to draw more interest to public and private investment in the early years….

New Jersey professors rank in Education Week’s top 200


January 10, 2019
David Hutter

Robert Kelchen, a  Seton Hall University assistant professor in the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy in the College of Education and Human Services, was chosen by publication  Education Week , as No. 32 in its annual ranking of the top 200 American educational scholars for 2019. W. Steven Barnett, a professor of Education Economics and Public Policy and…

New Jersey to use $10.6M grant to improve early childhood education


January 9, 2019
Claire Lowe

TRENTON — Through a $10.6 million federal grant, New Jersey hopes to improve coordination and collaboration between state and local childcare resources and early childhood education programs, the governor said Tuesday. “New Jersey’s children deserve access to the highest-quality education possible, regardless of location or socioeconomic status,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in a release. “The…

Gov. Ivey Announces $10.6 Million Grant Awarded to Early Childhood Education


January 9, 2019
Caroline Beck

The federal government has awarded the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education more than $10 million to develop the state’s early child care services. Governor Kay Ivey announced on Tuesday that $10,620,000 was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care (OCC) through their Preschool Development Grant Birth Through…

Democrats, Independents Want Early-Childhood Funding, And Don’t Care Who Gets Credit


January 9, 2019
Christina Samuels

A new poll  from the First Five Years Fund finds that a majority of self-identified Democrats and political independents queried want to see more money invested in early-childhood programs, even if that boost in funding would be perceived as a win for the Trump administration. Seventy-eight percent of Democrats and independents said they want to see more money…

Montana gets $4.2M federal preschool grant, but money won’t pay for new slots


January 8, 2019
Matt Hoffman

Montana will get a new $4.2 million, one-year preschool grant, but it won’t go toward paying for the new seats that a previous $10 million per year grant created. The state’s $40 million, four-year preschool development grant is expiring after this school year. It’s created more than 1,000 high-quality preschool slots. The new grant is…

Gov. Gavin Newsom goes big on health care, education, parental leave — but at what cost?


January 8, 2019

Gavin Newsom ’s first  speech  as governor Monday was what you might expect: unabashedly progressive, upbeat and carefully crafted to send distinct messages to everyday Californians, state lawmakers and the Trump administration. With few specifics, he declared that it was a “moral imperative” to address stagnant wages, inequalities in wealth and opportunity, homelessness, the school achievement gap, poverty…

Bold, progressive ideas aren’t unrealistic


January 8, 2019
Andre Perry

Universal pre-K, which was once considered a pipedream for liberal Democrats, is coming closer to reality — because predominantly white conservatives in the deep red state of Alabama have decided to dream along with liberals. After decades of lobbying by early childhood advocates, local businessmen agreed to fund individual programs and initiatives, and used their…

Two years in, what’s the state of Kenney’s soda-tax funded pre-K program?


January 7, 2019
Kristen A. Graham

Two years after the first preschoolers started free pre-kindergarten classes with the proceeds from Philadelphia’s controversial soda tax, Mayor Jim Kenney sat at a tiny table in Southwest Philadelphia and pronounced it a success. To date, over 4,000 3- and 4-year-old Philadelphians have attended programs, at a cost of $38.4 million to the city. This…