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Head Start Benefits Kids Who Attend — And Their Kids, Too -

A new study shows that the children of people who had access to Head Start are more likely to graduate high school and attend college, and less likely to commit crime and become a teen parent, according to Chalkbeat. “Our findings indicate that societal investments in early childhood education can disrupt the intergenerational transmission of the effects of poverty,” write researchers Andrew Barr of Texas A&M and Chloe Gibbs … Read More

POLITICO Poll: Majority of Voters Favor Increasing Child Care Tax Benefits -

A new poll from POLITICO shows a strong majority of registered voters – 62 percent – support increasing child care tax benefits. This finding is consistent with the results of FFYF’s national poll, out earlier this year, which found 70 percent of voters answered favorably when asked specifically if we should increase the amount of the existing child and dependent care tax credit from $3,000 to $9,000 for one child … Read More

The Business Case for High-Quality Child Care -

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce released a report in June that explores the role high-quality child care plays in the education and workforce pipeline. Business leaders, local Chamber members, and early learning advocates convened at the Chamber in June to commensurate the report and the importance and economic benefit of high-quality child care. “By laying the crucial groundwork for tomorrow’s workforce and promoting a … Read More

American Academy of Pediatrics: Quality Early Childhood Education Must Be a Priority -

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of 66​,000 pediatricians from across America, released a new policy statement this week highlighting the importance of high-quality early childhood education, and urging lawmakers at the state and national level to expand access to high-quality ECE. “Pediatricians have a role in promoting quality early education and child care for all children not only in the medical home but also at the … Read More

New Study Shows Extensive Benefits of Home Visiting -

A new study from Nobel laureate James Heckman provides a critical analysis of the Memphis Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, showing voluntary home visiting has extensive short- and long-term benefits for mothers and their children. Home visiting programs pair families looking for additional support and mentoring with trained home visitors such as nurses, social workers, and educators. Home-visitors helps families lay the foundation for the health, education, development, and … Read More