Author: Megan Salzman

Babies Descend on Capitol Hill for Annual Strolling Thunder Advocacy Day -

On Tuesday, our friends at ZERO TO THREE hosted its second annual Strolling Thunder advocacy day, where babies and theirs to families descended on Washington to meet with members of Congress. Their message was simple: Think Babies! Over 150 lawmakers and their staff heard from families from all 50 states about the need to make infant and toddler care a national priority. “As families from around the nation … Read More

Sen. Angus King Shares Why Quality Child Care Is a Top Priority for Congress -

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) has been a strong voice for children on Capitol Hill since joining the Senate in 2013. Just last year, as an original sponsor of the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, Sen. King worked tirelessly with Republicans and Democrats in both the House & Senate to strengthen the outdated child care provisions of the tax code, successfully defeated attempts to roll … Read More

New Community Initiative Focuses on High-Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers Nationwide -

A number of national organizations, led by the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, announced this week that they will work with twenty-nine communities across the country to focus on high-quality care for infants and toddlers. The National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, Center for the Study of Social Policy, National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and Strive Together each selected community partners that are demonstrating a commitment to … Read More

Report Details Importance of Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years -

A new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Penn State University details the crucial role that parents and caregivers play in creating the foundation for a young child’s social and emotional development. The new brief surveys a range of strategies to strengthen adult caregiving and improve young children’s social-emotional development. Key findings from the brief include: Early social and emotional development establishes a psychological foundation for … Read More

Lawmakers in Congress Remain Bipartisan Champions for Early Childhood Education -

Over the course of the past several years, Congress has generated a supportive track record on early learning. Members on both sides of the aisle have worked together to significantly increase funding, while also enacting reforms to existing early childhood programs that elevate quality and leverage state and local leadership. The latest edition of FFYF’s resource, “Congress: Bipartisan Champions for Early Learning” provides a snapshot of Congress’s bipartisan track record … Read More