Early Learning! Lots of people are talking about it and we wanted to hear from the educators and parents who regularly witness the powerful effects of high-quality early learning. We asked individuals across the country to tell us about their experiences and what early learning has meant to the children in their lives.
A total of 27 governors (as well as the mayor of the District of Columbia) referenced early care and education in their 2013 state of the state addresses—an increase from 22 governors in 2012 and 17 governors in 2011. These governors recognize that early care and education helps prepare young children for future educational success, provides crucial support for parents, and strengthens our nation’s economy.
On September 18, 2015, 24 national organizations sent a sign-on letter to members of the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee, the House Education & Workforce Committee, and House and Senate Leadership urging the House-Senate Conference Committee on legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to retain and strengthen key provisions
On July 8, 2015, 46 national organizations sent a sign-on letter to members of the House and Senate, thanking the House and Senate Appropriations Committee members for their recognition of the importance of early learning in the recent mark-up of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education. and Related Agencies appropriations bill, while also urging that significant increased investments, and that these investments are only possible if the caps on non-discretionary defense spending are rasied.
In September, the House and Senate reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the House voted to approve it. The Senate voted on the measure on November 13 and the President signed the bill enacting the reauthorization into law.
In this webinar, speakers share their experiences and challenges as well as strategies for overcoming these challenges regarding their state’s QRIS so that families in low-income communities have access to high-quality early learning opportunities.