Year: 2012

A Teachable Moment -

As Congress runs precariously close to the edge of the “fiscal cliff,” we have a critical opportunity to educate decision-makers about the very real human cliff faced by millions of disadvantaged children who experience a drop off in achievement caused by gaps in early childhood education. These fiscal and human realities are intricately linked. Deficits in foundational skills and capabilities resulting from lack of quality early childhood education programs hamper … Read More

First Five Years Fund Statement on the Grand Bargain -

Investments in Quality Early Childhood Development within the “Grand Bargain” Would Reduce Debt and Strengthen the Economy First Five Years Fund Urges Lawmakers to Seize Investment Opportunity At a time when Washington seeks solutions to the fiscal cliff, investing in quality early childhood development is the way to accomplish both goals of reducing the debt in a balanced way and strengthening the economy in the short … Read More

Early Learning and the Fiscal Roller Coaster: Buckle Up, and Get Ready to Shout -

In the rollercoaster ride that is early learning advocacy, we’ve endured many a loop-de-loop and our fair share of hairpin turns. Now, with the election behind us, you might be feeling the labored chugging and nervous anticipation that comes with a steep climb. Hold on, everybody: we’re approaching the fiscal cliff. You’re likely hearing a lot about the fiscal cliff in the news, but there are so many pieces—tax cuts, … Read More

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Professor James Heckman Releases Statement on Investing in Early Learning -

As Congress grapples with questions about the smartest ways to invest public funds, here’s a statement from our favorite Nobel Prize winning economist on the issue: “The highest rate of return in early childhood development comes from investing as early as possible, from birth through age five, in disadvantaged families. Starting at age three or four is too little too late, as it fails to recognize that skills beget skills … Read More

Celebrating ELC Phase 2 and Readying for Battles Ahead -

It’s official: with this week’s release of the final Early Learning Challenge Phase 2 application, teams across Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin can kiss apple picking and Friday night football goodbye and instead look forward to six weeks of hunkering down with budget spreadsheets and data tables and drafts of federal proposal narratives. Hooray! (For a cheat sheet of what they’ll be working on, see this … Read More