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Report Highlights Barriers to Child Care for Families of Young Children with Disabilities

February 11, 2020

Last week, the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report that highlights the challenges faced by parents of young children with disabilities to access affordable, high-quality child care …


Lawmakers Urge HHS to Conduct National Needs Assessment of Early Learning and Care Facilities

December 19, 2019

Earlier this week, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle sent a letter to Secretary Azar calling for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to …


New Resource on Using Apprenticeships to Strengthen the ECE Workforce

September 12, 2019

This week, the Bipartisan Policy Center published a new issue brief highlighting the potential for states to use registered apprenticeships to support their early childhood education (ECE) workforce. Early learning …


Strengthening the ECE Workforce through Apprenticeships

August 1, 2019

Well-qualified early childhood educators are a vital component to providing high-quality early learning and care opportunities for children from birth through age five. By supporting and strengthening educator preparation, we …


Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Increase Funding for IDEA Early Childhood Services

July 31, 2019

This morning, Congressmen DeSaulnier (D-CA) and Davis (R-IL) announced the introduction of legislation to increase funding for two programs within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) specifically designed to …


Lawmakers Discuss Early Learning and Care in Higher Education Act Hearings

June 28, 2019

Throughout the 116th Congress, the House Education and Labor Committee has held several bipartisan hearings on the Higher Education Act (HEA), which is due for reauthorization. Though not a central …


GAO Report Examines Patchwork of Early Learning and Care Programs From State to State

June 13, 2019

Head Start and the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) provide critical funding for high-quality early learning and care programs, and yet they are able to serve only a small fraction …


Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act Passed House with Significant Bipartisan Support

February 14, 2019

Last week, the House passed HR 840, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (Act), which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide child care assistance to …


One Year after MIECHV Reauthorization, Advocates Look to a Bright Future for Successful Home Visiting Services

February 8, 2019

Tomorrow, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program celebrates the first anniversary of its bipartisan reauthorization, which extended the program through Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 at a …


46 States and Territories to Receive Preschool Development Grants

January 4, 2019

Big news! 46 states and territories have been awarded funding through the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5), a $250 million competitive federal grant designed to improve states’ existing early …


As ESSA Turns 3, Early Learning Provisions Already Having a Big Impact

December 10, 2018

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) being signed into law. Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) …


Rand Corporation Report Highlights Opportunity to Use ESSA Funding for Social and Emotional Learning

October 4, 2018

A December 2017 Rand Corporation report explains how states can utilize funding provided by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support social and emotional learning (SEL). SEL encompasses a …

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