Early Education Clips for Week of October 27-31
Here’s a sampling of early childhood education in the news this week:
White House to Host Early Childhood Education Summit on December 10th. The White House announced that President Obama will host an early education summit on Wednesday, December 10th for advocates, researchers, philanthropists, educators, elected officials, businesses and community leaders. At the summit, the President will announce the winners of the new state Preschool Development Grants and the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Awards.
White House Announces Summit on Early Education – Whitehouse.gov
OTHER NATIONAL NEWS
States Submit Final Applications for Preschool Development Grants Thirty-five states and Puerto Rico applied for the U.S. Department of Education’s new $250 million Preschool Development Grant Program to help states develop or expand high-quality preschool programs for 4-year-olds. Read More at Ed Central.
Heading into Election Day, Polls in Battleground States Show Strong Support for Early Education FFYF Executive Director Kris Perry walks through poll results in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Colorado and Ohio showing broad bipartisan support for expanding early learning opportunities at the state and national level. Read More at BlogHer.
National Governors Association Calls for Improvements to Math Education in Early Childhood The National Governors Association published a paper urging the nation’s governors to improve early math learning in their states by aligning early learning guidelines with state standards as well as strengthening professional development and training for early childhood teachers. Read More at Education Week.
FROM THE STATES
COLORADO: State Poll Shows Colorado Voters Want More Funding for Early Education Opportunities A bipartisan poll released last week finds that majorities of Republican, Democratic and Independent voters support investments in teacher training, voluntary parent coaching programs and expanding access to high-quality preschool and child care. Read More.
OHIO: U.S. Housing Secretary Praises Cleveland’s Efforts to Improve Preschool Access During a visit to Ohio this week, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro said that Cleveland’s work to expand the city’s early learning programs serves as a model for cities throughout the country. Read More.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Next Mayor Must Invest in Early Education In a Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, Educare DC Executive Director Pyper Davis calls on mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz to address the need for investments in early childhood education on the campaign trail. Read More.
WEST VIRGINIA: Congressman Pushes Funding for Head Start, Early Education Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall expresses support for Head Start and early childhood education investments as a critical foundation for strong public schools. Read More.
NORTH CAROLINA: Reverse Cuts to Early Childhood Programs Forsyth County Commissioner David R. Plyler’s guest column calls for greater investments in North Carolina’s Smart Start and Pre-K programs, citing recent state polling and the economic benefits produced by early education. Read More.