After another turn in the spotlight in last week’s State of the Union address, early childhood education continues to hold center stage this week. Not one, but two early learning-focused congressional hearings are taking place. You can follow along on Twitter—or even better, tweet yourself!—with the #InvestInKids hashtag. We’ll keep you posted with the highlights on our Twitter account @firstfiveyears.
“The Foundation for Success: Discussing Early Childhood Education and Care in America” Wednesday, February 5, 10:00 a.m. Eastern
House Education and Workforce Committee members will hear testimony from Kay Brown, GAO director for Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues; Grover “Russ” Whitehurst, director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution; Harriet Dichter, executive director for Delaware’s Office of Early Learning; and Elanna Yalow, CEO of Knowledge Universe Early Learning Programs in Portland, Oregon
“Supporting Children and Families through Investments in High-Quality Early Education” Thursday, February 6, 10 a.m. Eastern
The Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hear from NYU professor Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Louisiana state superintendent John White, DC Public Schools early childhood director Danielle Ewen, and Clayton Early Learning CEO Charlotte Brantley
The House hearing will stream live on the web, and we’ll keep you posted on screening opportunities for the Senate hearing. Early learning is clearly ready for primetime, so we hope that you’ll be tuning in!
UPDATE: The Senate hearing will stream live on the web. A link to the webcast will be available here 15 minutes prior to the hearing’s 10 a.m. Eastern start.