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At this rate, it will be a very long time before every child gets access to preschool


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Rebecca Klein

We’re making progress, but we need to do better.

At this rate, it will take 150 years to enroll 75 percent of U.S. kids in quality preschool


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Valerie Strauss

Universal quality pre-kindergarten has been gaining support around the country for years now, with solid research showing that it has real and lasting benefits for children — despite what critics argue. But, according to a new report, there is a real problem  — while states are making real progress, others are moving at a snail’s…

How much does child care cost? Hillary Clinton proposal highlights climbing price of having kids


May 11, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Julia Glum

Babies do more than pee, poop, coo and cuddle. They also cost — a lot. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton took on the climbing cost of raising a child Tuesday in a package of proposals aimed at improving child care in the United States. Her plan, to be revealed at a campaign stop in Kentucky,…

If only we appreciated early educators enough to pay them worthy wages


May 6, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Marcy Whitebook & Lea J.E. Austin

Early educators are quite literally shaping the future – our children’s future, our families’ future, and the future of our economy—and they’re a key part of our nation’s teaching workforce. Indeed, the National Academies of Sciences asserts that working with children under five requires as complex knowledge and skills as teaching older children. Yet our…

Our childhood poverty is a global embarrassment


May 5, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Josh Hoxie

A new UNICEF report shows the U.S. lagging behind countries like Turkey and Slovakia on efforts to reduce childhood inequality.

2016 Early Learning Investment Commission summit addresses early education as strategy to reduce long-term health costs


April 25, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local

Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Robert Casey joined early childhood experts and 200 business executives in Hershey this week to discuss how investing in quality early education reduces public costs in health and education at the Early Learning Investment Commission’s 2016 Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment. The summit highlights early learning investment strategies that…

Costs climbing for pre-K education


April 25, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Max Dible

According to numbers released last week by the Economic Policy Institute, the average cost of full-time child care for a 4-year-old in Hawaii, either in preschool or at a daycare center, is $9,312. The average price of in-state college tuition in Hawaii was $8,216. The institution’s estimates vary somewhat from those generated by Child Care…

Massive loss of preschool seats looms for LA County


April 20, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Deepa Fernandes

A new report estimates that the economic toll on Los Angeles County from the loss of funding for thousands of preschool seats later this year will be almost $600 million annually. Funding for nearly 11,000 preschool seats is going to run out in June when Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) loses its backing from the…

Alaska lawmakers shortchange kids, military with preschool cuts


April 20, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Mark Hamilton

According to the Department of Defense, 71 percent of all young Alaskans between the ages of 17 and 24 are unable to join the military, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have a record of crime or drug abuse. This matches the national rate. The National Commission on the Future of…

Child care costs more than college tuition in California


April 14, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Deepa Fernandes

There is bipartisan agreement that the state’s early childhood system is broken. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed overhauling it, but his proposal doesn’t have the support of experts and leaders in the field. Now two new reports reinforce the myriad of problems with the current system and present alternative suggestions for improving the lot of…