Economic Impact

Early Learning Takes Center Stage in California Governor’s Race -

As the governor’s race heats up in California, early learning is taking center stage. From candidate forums to debates, candidates on both sides of the aisle want to ensure the state’s youngest learners are prepared for the future. “This is the first time that babies, toddlers, preschoolers are being talked about by the leading candidates for governor and it’s really, really exciting,” said Avo Makdessian, director of the Center … Read More

TANF Supports Early Learning & Care Opportunities for Low-Income Families -

Child care is not a luxury for American families—it’s a necessity. Yet the costs associated with quality child care are rapidly outpacing other expenses faced by families, including the cost of higher education. In addition to other important federal programs that support the care and education of America’s young children from birth through age five – particularly those from low-income families – the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program … 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 King worked tirelessly with Republicans and Democrats in both the House & Senate to strengthen the outdated child care provisions of the tax code, successfully defeated attempts to roll … Read More

Oprah Winfrey’s “Life-Changing” Report on Childhood Trauma -

CBS News: Oprah Winfrey reports on how trauma plays a role in childhood development and what new methods are being used to help kids who have experienced it. Last week on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Oprah Winfrey reported on childhood trauma, and the emotional, developmental, and biological impact it has on a person for the rest of his or her life. “Of all the stories I’ve ever done in my life, and … Read More

Access to Home Visiting Can Save Families Affected by Opioid Crisis -

Bringing an end to the opioid crisis will require a coordinated, comprehensive effort that is inclusive of home visiting, a highly effective, evidence-based early childhood intervention providing personal support for families from pregnancy through their children’s first years of life. Opioid addiction has had a swift and deadly impact on communities, whether they be rural or urban, economically disadvantaged or affluent. During the Ounce of Prevention’s Seventh Annual Home … Read More