November 15, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Bipartisan Proposal to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Education Programs
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 13, 2013
  2. Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy and National Center for Children in Poverty - November 15, 2013
  3. "What Works" Practice Guide: Teaching Math to Young Children
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - November 13, 2013
  4. Report on Supporting Early Healthy Development
      Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy - November 15, 2013
  5. Updated Head Start Preschool and Early Head Start Fact Sheets
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - November 13, 2013
  6. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care 2013
      Source: Child Care Aware of America - November 11, 2014

1. Bipartisan Proposal to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Education Programs

Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 13, 2013

On November 13, 2013 Sen. Harkin (D-IA), Rep. Miller (D-CA), and Rep. Hanna (R-NY) unveiled a bipartisan proposal that would expand high-quality, early-childhood education for children from birth to age five. Watch a 5:26 minute video of the announcement. The proposal focuses on four key areas:

  1. Establishing federal-state partnerships to provide high-quality preschool to low and moderate income families;
  2. Increasing the quality of infant and toddler care in center-based and family child care settings;
  3. Supporting quality improvements in the Child Care and Development Block Grant; and
  4. Encouraging continued support for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program.

Read a summary of the Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2013 here. See also, the House Bill and the Senate Bill.

2. Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy and National Center for Children in Poverty - November 15, 2013

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) have released a joint publication, Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality (November 2013). The fact sheet provides information about the percentages of young children in each state experiencing risks related to poor educational outcomes, as well as trends in federal and state investments in early care and education programs and state policies related to both access and quality. The fact sheet also includes links to NCCP and CLASP resources and tools, including state specific information.

3. "What Works" Practice Guide: Teaching Math to Young Children

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - November 13, 2013

The Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently released a practice guide, Teaching Math to Young Children (November 2013). The guide provides five recommendations for teaching math to children in preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. The guide is geared toward teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to build a strong foundation for later math learning.

4. Report on Supporting Early Healthy Development

Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy - November 15, 2013

On November 12, 2013, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) published a new report, Results-Based Public Policy Strategies for Supporting Early Healthy Development (November 2013). The report discusses a number of basic developmental needs that are important to ensure the healthy development of young children. Some of these include: the constant care and support of the adults in children's lives; high-quality nutrition, medical and dental care; ongoing opportunities to learn and socialize; a secure emotional attachment to a caregiver; and safety and stability in their homes, schools and communities. The report provides recommendations and detailed strategies in four primary policy areas: (1) provide health coverage and access; (2) support early social, emotional, and behavioral health; (3) ensure school readiness by age 5; and (4) support parents to ensure children thrive.

5. Updated Head Start Preschool and Early Head Start Fact Sheets

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - November 13, 2013

Using data from the Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) for 2011-2012, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has released updated fact sheets summarizing the characteristics of Head Start preschool and Early Head programs in 2012 and the children and families served.

6. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care 2013

Source: Child Care Aware of America - November 11, 2014

Child Care Aware of America recently published the 2013 edition of its annual report on the cost of child care in the United States. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care 2013 includes information on:

  • The benefits of high-quality, affordable child care.
  • The cost of child care compared to other family expenses.
  • How states rank according to their affordability for infants and toddlers, 4-year-olds and school-age children.
  • The effect of the high cost of care on parents' child care options.
  • The costs of running a child care center or family child care home.