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National Report Examines State Preschool Policies in 2020-2021

April 28, 2022

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released the 2021 State of Preschool report, an annual survey of state preschool policies. The 19th edition of the report focuses on …


High-Quality Early Learning & Care: Understanding the Proven Benefits & Need for Investment

February 3, 2022

Economic development starts with early childhood development—and the best investments ensure all children who need it have access to high-quality early learning and care opportunities. Evidence shows that increased access …


FAQ on the Child Care and Preschool Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

December 15, 2021

Congress is considering legislation built around President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) plan, which Democrats are working to pass through the budget reconciliation process. BBB includes policies and investments that, …


U.S. House Passes Build Back Better Act with Transformative Investments in America’s Early Learning System

November 19, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which includes a historic $390 billion investment to transform America’s early learning system. If enacted, the bill would expand …


New Data Reveals Lasting, Intergenerational Benefits of Early Learning Programs in Children 50 Years Later

July 21, 2021

A research team from the University of Chicago, which includes Nobel Prize-winning economist James J. Heckman, released the results of new analysis from an ongoing study of the Perry Preschool …


By Addressing Early Childhood Educator Retention Challenges, Outcomes for Children Are Also Improved

July 9, 2021

The early childhood workforce is a linchpin for communities nationwide, even while working high stress jobs that are largely underpaid and underappreciated. A new policy brief from the Child Care …


Mixed Delivery Systems Encourage Parent Choice and Strengthen Child Care Programs

June 24, 2021

As policymakers seek to reform and invest in America’s child care and early learning system, a crucial component must be ensuring families are able to choose care options that work …


Celebrating the Week of the Young Child!

April 11, 2021

This week, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is celebrating their annual Week of the Young Child. This week was designed to serve as a reminder …

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Title I Funding Can Play a Critical Role in Supporting Early Learning

February 4, 2021

During his campaign, President Biden announced he would triple Title I funding, which, in addition to his broader proposal to expand access to high-quality child care and early childhood education …


CDC Study Examines How Head Start Programs Successfully Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

January 11, 2021

Addressing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 in early learning and care facilities has been a challenge for many providers. The CDC recently released a new report outlining how Head …


New Resource Helps Calculate Cost of COVID Mitigation Efforts in Early Learning Settings

December 18, 2020

A new paper from the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) explains how their Provider Cost of Quality Calculator can help states and policy makers understand the …


OPRE Report Looks at How to Conceptualize and Measure Access to Care

December 9, 2020

In a new report, the Office of Research, Planning, and Evaluation (OPRE), in collaboration with Child Trends, examines how the early learning field has attempted to measure access to child …

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