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Blueprint for Quality Preschool

March 29, 2019

When you meet with a contractor to build a house, what is the first question you’re compelled to ask? Is it “How much is this going cost?” or maybe “How long is this going to take?” Of course, the contractor is likely to respond with something like: “Well, that depends. What kind of house do…

New Data Report Informs Early Childhood Interventions

March 22, 2019
Megan Carolan

There is no one comprehensive indicator of child well-being. Instead, child well-being spans physical, social-emotional, and cognitive health and development. Since children do not grow up in a vacuum separate from parents or communities, a variety of factors influence overall well-being and long-term flourishing. How can teachers, administrators, researchers, and parents get a sense of…

Don’t Look to Trump Budget for Child Care Help — You Won’t Find It

March 13, 2019
Catherine White

This blog was originally published Monday March 11, 2019 by the National Women’s Law Center and is reprinted here with permission.  Today, the Administration released initial information about its 2020 Budget request. Despite what the Administration claims, this preview shows that Trump does not prioritize the child care needs of families and children. Based on…

Is Your Chief State School Officer an Early Learning Supporter? Take this Quiz

March 1, 2019
Albert Wat

This blog was originally published by the Alliance for Early Success .  The midterm elections of 2018 is ushering in a group of new state superintendents who will put their stamp on states’ education systems and reforms. Though most of them probably will not have much early education background, many of them will also lead state pre-k programs and…

Child Care is Unaffordable for Working Parents Who Need It Most

February 15, 2019
Maura Baldiga, Pamela Joshi, Erin Hardy, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia

Our new Data-for-Equity Research Brief, Child Care Affordability for Working Parents , finds that many U.S. parents who are highly attached to the labor force would have a difficult time purchasing full-time center-based care. This finding is especially true for low-income, Hispanic and black parents. Child care is an important work support for parents. However, the cost of market-rate center-based care…

What makes the difference? Understanding implementation issues to inform scaling of early childhood services

February 4, 2019
Joan Lombardi, Ph.D.

Imagine you are in charge of developing or implementing a large scale early childhood program  to reach a significant number of young children and families across a specific geographic area. Perhaps the plan is to reach several hundred children in a rural neighborhood or thousands of children in a few city blocks, or millions across…

Research Shows High-Quality Pre-K Can Pay Off, Now Let’s Deliver It

January 31, 2019
Beth Meloy

According to research, the difference in learning resources both within and outside the home for children growing up in low-income households and children from more affluent homes is associated, on average, with gaps in their cognitive development that can increase with each passing year–unless children have early access to high-quality learning opportunities. Preschool programs have…

Too Many Cities Missing Opportunities to Create Lasting Benefits for their Youngest Learners

January 23, 2019
Ellen Frede, Ph.D. and Shelley Hearne

Our new national report , Pre-K in American Cities, finds a growing number of large US cities enacting new local funding streams to establish and support Pre-K, yet many programs fail to meet minimum quality standards or serve only a small percentage of eligible children. Pre-K is a proven policy that every city should employ to ensure all…

Understanding what works and what doesn’t for early child development interventions in Malawi

January 16, 2019 International
Melissa Gladstone

As more and more early childhood development programmes are launched globally, we want to be sure they are integrated as well as possible into the very different cultural and contextual settings which exist globally. Many ECD programmes have been created first in WEIRD (Western Educated Industrialised Rich and Democratic) countries. Many of these programmes now…

Tell the World about Your Program: Measure and Report Your Findings

December 21, 2018 InternationalOutcomes
Frances Aboud

Most of us want to tell the world about the success of our early childhood program. We especially want to tell others how we built it into a good program, the difficulties we overcame, and the lessons learned. We hope our experience will help others avoid problems if they are forewarned and have some solutions…