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He Said; She Said: Candidates Promote Competing Visions for Child Care


November 1, 2016 AccessFederal
by Michelle Horowitz

For the first time in many years, both major political party candidates for President have acknowledged child care as an important national policy issue. Indeed, both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have campaigned on the issue, promising that child care would be a priority for their administration. But that’s where the agreement ends;…

Questions of Access and Equity: Suspension and Expulsion in PreK


October 26, 2016 AccessOutcomesState & Local
by Kate Abbott, Ph.D.

Expanding access to quality preschool has been a focus of recent policies at both the state and national levels.  The 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act includes federal support to states that can be used to expand access to quality prekindergarten.  Individual states have varied in their adoption of prekindergarten initiatives. Vermont, for…

Bill Clinton Spotlights a 1980s Early Education Success Story in Arkansas: Will Politicians of Both Parties Follow this Lead to Support Early Learning Today?


July 28, 2016 AccessQuality and CurriculumState & Local

Former President Bill Clinton praised Arkansas’ preschool programs during a speech this week at the Democratic National Convention, citing the HIPPY program by name, and recalling the pride of parents at preschool graduation ceremonies. HIPPY is a well-researched program helping parents support their young child’s learning and development at home, which Hillary Clinton helped introduce…

Slow and (Un)Steady Does Not Win the Race: What Other States Should Learn from New York


May 12, 2016 AccessQuality and CurriculumState & Local

The economist John Maynard Keynes famously wrote: “The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.” Typically, this phrase is cited to support government intervention over waiting for the eventually self-correcting private sector. As this year’s State of Preschool marks 14 years of tracking state government support for preschool…

How much can high-quality Universal Pre-K reduce achievement gaps?


March 31, 2016 AccessOutcomes

In a report published by the Center for American Progress , NIEER researchers find that providing high-quality prekindergarten to all children nationally would dramatically reduce inequality in academic preparedness at kindergarten entry. Here we provide highlights from that report. Many ethnic/racial minority children and children from low-income families enter kindergarten without all the skills they need to succeed in…

Creating Conditions for Increased Attendance


February 29, 2016 Access

Creating conditions in which people are more likely to change. This phrase really stuck with me when I heard it recently at a session on systems thinking at the CEELO Leadership Academy , led by Tracy Benson from the Waters Foundation because it applied to many of my personal and professional interactions. In particular, it resonated with CEELO’s chronic absenteeism FastFact . The…

Universal Pre-K: What does it mean and who provides it?


January 6, 2016 AccessState & Local

Inquiring minds often want to know which states offer “universal pre-K.” As states vary in what they define as universal pre-K (UPK) and in how far they have progressed toward fully implementing a universal program as intended, the answer is somewhat complicated. Regarding definition, the term UPK can mean simply that the sole eligibility criterion is…

P-12 Alignment: Collaboration and Communication in Louisiana


June 24, 2015 AccessWorkforce

As part of an ongoing series of interviews with leaders in early childhood education, CEELO spoke with Jenna Conway, Assistant Superintendent, Early Childhood Education, Louisiana Department of Education, about their process of implementing major changes in Louisiana’s early childhood program. We focused on how they are enhancing leadership at every level. What is the scope of change occurring in…

The State of Preschool 2015: Please join the conversation


June 17, 2015 Access

This year at the CEELO Roundtable in New Orleans, Steve Barnett talked about the findings reported in The State of Preschool 2014. He noted that we might be considered to be “on the sunny side of the street,” at the moment: quality is up in some states, Mississippi has a program, more children are enrolled. However:…

Checking boxes leads to opening doors


May 27, 2015 Access

I recall sitting at my desk in 2002 as the Early Childhood Programs Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Education, when I first received a survey from a relatively new organization called the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). The survey included multiple questions asking about Vermont’s Early Education Initiative (EEI), a state-funded pre-K program…