Author: Charles Joughin

Here’s the Latest on MIECHV Reauthorization -

Last night, the House of Representatives passed a short-term government funding bill to keep the government funded beyond the midnight Thursday deadline. Included in the bill – known as a Continuing Resolution (CR) – were a number of bipartisan health care provisions and “extenders,” including funding for community health centers (CHCs), delayed cuts to safety net hospitals, and more. However, the House bill did not include a reauthorization for … Read More

Santorum & Miller to Congress: Double Funding for Child Care and Development Block Grant -

Earlier this week, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and former Congressman George Miller (D-CA) – the Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Early Childhood Initiative – wrote to congressional leaders urging them to double the funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for children ages birth to five. “As you work to complete the FY 2018 appropriations bill, we urge you to double … Read More

It’s Not Just CHIP: This Bipartisan Federal Program Supporting New Moms Expired in September -

America’s overwhelmingly bipartisan and evidence-based home visiting program expired in September, and now new moms will soon be turned away from the voluntary programs that are proven to help lift families out of poverty.   The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program puts families first to strengthen communities and improve health, education and economic outcomes for kids and their parents. A cornerstone of evidence-based public policy, MIECHV … Read More

Head Start Providers Are Supporting Puerto Rico’s Young Children Recovering from Hurricane Maria -

The following post originally appeared on the Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families blog.    By Steven Wagner, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Two weeks ago I traveled to Puerto Rico to meet with leadership from every Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Head Start and Early Head Start program. They had all been personally affected by the devastation left by Hurricane … Read More

Study of Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative Shows English Language Learners More Ready for Kindergarten -

English language learners participating in the Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative (NVELI) pilot program proved to be three times more ready to enter kindergarten than English learning pre-school children in Napa County who did not participate. The pilot program is funded by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV). This is the impressive statistic capping the first four years of the NVELI, as reported by the independent research firm of Applied Survey … Read More