Month: May 2016

Early Childhood Advocacy Groups Join Letter Supporting Early Learning Expansion in ESSA -

Yesterday, nearly 50 advocacy organizations from across the country signed a joint letter in response to the United States Department of Education’s (ED) Request for Feedback on Guidance for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Many provisions of the new law articulate early learning as an allowable use of funds, while passing authority to states and districts to determine the best use of these funds in their … Read More

What Early Learning in ESSA Can Look Like for States and Districts -

Today, FFYF released a new resource, What Early Learning in ESSA Can Look like for States and Districts, which details new opportunities to develop and expand access to quality early childhood education through the recently-passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This new resource identifies opportunities throughout the law for states and districts to invest in early learning, provides initial recommendations for what this allowable use of funding can look … Read More

University of Michigan-Flint and Flint Community Schools to Partner for Free Preschool Program -

University of Michigan-Flint and Flint Community Schools are now partnering to open a free preschool program in the district to fight the potential effects of lead. The program, Great Expectations, is in its pilot stage at Brownell Holmes STEM Academy on Flint’s north side, where currently 20 children are enrolled in the early childhood program. Discussions are underway to open a third and final classroom on May 23 and eventually … Read More

NIEER Report Shows Enrollment in State-Funded Preschool for 3- & 4-Year-Olds Up Nationwide -

States and communities across the country are leading the way in providing early childhood education and development opportunities for young children, including preschool. Today the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its annual State of Preschool report, which this year finds the number of 3- and 4-year-olds in state-funded classrooms rose slightly during the 2014-15 school year. As Education Week’s Lillian Mongeau reports: The 42 … Read More

Hillary Clinton Details Early Childhood Development Policy Agenda -

As an organization that works with both parties to increase opportunities at the federal level for low-income children and their families, we have witnessed firsthand the bipartisan nature of addressing this issue. In recent years, Congress has both increased investments in core early childhood programs and addressed policy changes that increase quality and access for children who need it most. And this comes largely in response to the groundswell of … Read More