Help the Strong Start for America's Children Act Go Viral
   
 
The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on the Strong Start for America’s Children Act at 10 am Eastern tomorrow, Thursday, April 10. Here are easy ways to get involved and show your support:

Tune in to www.help.senate.gov to watch a live webstream starting at 10 am Eastern. 

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Support Strong Start

Tweet before, during and after the hearing, using the #InvestInKids hashtag. Here are some sample tweets to get you started:
 
  • Today: @SenatorHarkin chairs Senate hearing on his bill to #InvestInKids thru high-quality early learning. Watch Live help.senate.gov
  • Early learning is the best investment we can make to prepare children for a lifetime of success. Tell Congress it’s time to #InvestInKids.
  • Every child, regardless of family income or where they live, deserves a strong start. RT to support @SenatorHarkin's bill to #InvestInKids.
  • 40 states have already acted to expand access to early learning programs. It’s time to #InvestInKids so every child gets a strong start.
  • Thank you @SenatorHarkin & @askgeorge for leading the push for high-quality programs to help every child succeed. It's time to #InvestInKids
  • Every child deserves a strong start. @SenatorHarkin's bill will #InvestInKids & expand early learning for every child goo.gl/e2S3KD


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Another Reason to Invest in Early Childhood Education: Interventions Starting at Birth Lead to Better Health
   
 
Mountains of research demonstrate the long-term impact of early childhood education for our economy, our children and our society. Despite bipartisan recognition of the importance of starting early, too many children still lack access to opportunities that will prepare them for future success. A new study published in Science gives the case for early investments another push: quality early education programs for children lead to improved health outcomes for adults.
 
In fact, education at an early age may actually help prevent chronic disease. Based on more than three decades of studying children in and out of the Abecedarian program in North Carolina, this new research shows that children who participated in the early childhood development program, which combined early education with early health screenings and nutrition, have a much lower prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as stroke and diabetes, in their mid-30s than the control group, who did not participate in early learning programs.
 
The study, published in one of the world’s top scientific journals, cannot be ignored. As University of Chicago economics professor James Heckman, one of the study’s authors said in the New York Times, “This is tangible, it is real. It’s not just a declaration from someone saying, ‘I’m smart and I think this is true.’ ”

The implications of this research for policy makers? At a minimum:
  • Understand that quality early childhood programs start at birth.
  • Recognize that quality birth-to-five early childhood development programs can and should be used to prevent adult chronic disease.
  • Pass the Strong Start for America’s Children Act to help states and communities provide greater access to high quality early childhood education programs.
  • Make investments in federal interventions we know work, including Early Head Start, Head Start, home visiting, and child care; and adequately fund Preschool Development Grants to assure quality.
Recent weeks have demonstrated that the forward momentum on Capitol Hill and in the states is picking up steam. The study in Science provides ample reason to keep up the push.
 
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We Have the Momentum, Let’s Keep Moving
   
 
Many think that nothing can get done in Washington. That’s simply not true—at least when you have an issue as important as early childhood education.
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Join the Home Visiting Day of Action on March 12
   
 
Congress must reauthorize home visiting now. That's why the First Five Years Fund is taking part in a Home Visiting Day of Action on Wednesday, March 12.
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