Every Student Succeeds Act

State ESSA Plans Detail How Early Learning is a Top Priority Across the Country -

A new resource from FFYF released today details how states are leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to develop new, or bolster ongoing early childhood education (ECE) efforts. Early Learning in State ESSA Plans: How States Are Using The Law As of January 2018, all consolidated state plans have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and undergone review. These consolidated state plans are preliminary … Read More

2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: ADVOCATING FOR HIGH-QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION -

Preserving and building on bipartisan progress In a year when divisive rhetoric, calls for resistance, and partisan distrust dominate the political headlines across the country, public support for investing in quality early childhood education from birth through age five remained an overwhelmingly unifying issue among American voters – and lawmakers – of every political persuasion. The past twelve months of advocacy and achievement build on bipartisan momentum that has been … Read More

GAO Report Finds Federal Early Learning Programs Function Symbiotically with Little Overlap or Fragmentation -

A 2017 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the federal government’s early childhood education programs function symbiotically and collaboratively to benefit the eligible population of children and families they serve, assuaging questions about program overlap, fragmentation, or duplication. The GAO, which serves as the official audit, evaluation, and investigative institution for the federal government, regularly reports on government programs and policies. The … Read More

America’s Governors to Congress: Early Childhood Education Must Be a Priority -

This week Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, both Vice Chairs of the National Governors Association, wrote a letter to leaders in Congress on behalf of the nation’s governors, urging them to strengthening the state-federal partnership on early childhood education. “For governors, education and care for our youngest learners is equally important to our nation as health care, tax reform and investments in infrastructure. We urge … Read More

Top 7 Moments from This Week’s House Committee Hearing on Early Childhood Education -

Today a subcommittee of the U.S. House Education & Workforce Committee held a hearing on the federal early childhood education and child care programs. The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education hosted, “Opportunities for State Leadership of Early Childhood Programs,” and featured testimony from early childhood scholars and practitioners, as well as a representative from the Government Accountability Office: Ms. Cindy Brown Barnes Director of … Read More