Which States Are Making Strides to Improve Public Preschool Programs? -

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released the latest edition of its annual report that scores state-funded preschool programs on their efforts to increase access, funding and quality. This year’s “State of Preschool Yearbook” identified areas of growth in states across the country, and made recommendations for how they could make improvements to the quality of their preschool programs, as well as enrollment. The NIEER … 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

New Report Shows Head Start Is An Important Lifeline for Rural America -

A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) shows just how critical the Head Start program is for families in rural America. “A Compass for Families: Head Start in Rural America,” explores the role that Head Start plays in rural communities, both as an early education program and as a service provider in underserved rural areas. Over the past 50+ years, Head Start has served over 30 … Read More