April 1, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education
      Source: New America Foundation - March 30, 2010
  2. Home Visitation Program in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
      Source: CLASP - March 31, 2010

1. A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education

Source: New America Foundation - March 30, 2010

On March 30, 2010, the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative released a report entitled A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education. The report recommends an education system that serves children starting at age 3, erases the divide between "preschool" and "K-12" programs and fosters a more seamless system connecting districts, schools, Head Start and independent centers of early learning. To learn more and to access the report, go to http://earlyed.newamerica.net/pressroom/2010/a_next_social_contract_for_the_primary_years_of_education

2. Home Visitation Program in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Source: CLASP - March 31, 2010

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The Early Learning Challenge Fund, which would have provided funds for states to improve the quality of services to children birth to age 5, was not included. However, the act does include $1.5 billion in mandatory funding over 5 years for states to create voluntary, evidence-based early childhood home visitation programs. A new publication from CLASP, entitled A Detailed Summary of Home Visitation Program in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, examines the provisions of this new program. It is available at http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/home-visiting-detailed-summary.pdf