"We know that the ability to learn in large part relies on the earliest experiences of life. It is now a national economic development imperative that we provide the highest-quality early childhood development possible. Doing so is not an expense but rather the most important investment possible in the American future."
— Deborah Hicks Midanek, President, Solon Group, Inc.; Chairman, Prevail Fund, Inc.; Chairman, Grenada Community Foundation; Trustee, Committee for Economic Development
Science Knowledge Gives Young Students a Boost in All Subjects
A new report from ECS finds that science does not detract from literacy development among young students and in fact contributes to the goal that all children can read proficiently by third grade.
Tell Us Why Early Childhood Education is Important!
The Early Learning Institute at ECS is looking for personal stories from the public that illustrate the importance of providing a high quality early education. Stories will be featured in future ECS P-3 Newsletters. Make submissions to Emily Workman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's Happening in the States
Connecticut: Kindergarten Readiness for Foster Children
Connecticut passed a law that requires the Department of Children and Families to enroll each preschool-aged child in the department's custody in a high-quality preschool program.
Maine: Preschool for All
Maine now requires school districts to offer every resident 4-year-old the opportunity to attend a public preschool program. Each district not currently offering a prekindergarten program must develop and submit a prekindergarten implementation plan to the department by January 2015.
Georgia: Investing in Early Childhood Workforce
Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning announced the launch of additional financial support for Georgia's early childhood educators to enhance their credentials through three new programs.
Effects of Full-Day Kindergarten on Long-Term Health
The authors of this study conclude that full-day kindergarten, if targeted to low-income and minority communities, can advance health equity. There is strong evidence that FDK improves academic achievement, a predictor of longer-term health beneﬁts. They argue that to sustain early beneﬁts, intensive elementary school education is needed.
Early childhood Interventions and Progression to Higher Education
This brief from RAND looks at the impact of child-targeted interventions in early childhood education and care as well as initiatives to widen access to higher education in Europe, and their impact on social mobility in later years.
Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education
A new report from CEELO and NIEER describes readiness and opportunity gaps in access to high-quality early education. The report describes the "readiness gaps" at kindergarten entry as of 2010, and examines the extent to which there are "opportunity gaps" in early care and education services that may be associated with those readiness gaps.
Early education should be part of elementary schools
The authors of this New America Foundation report argue that preschool programs should be integral parts of elementary schools with comparable funding levels and school hours, child-care professionals should be trained as teachers not babysitters, and state data systems should include information about early education.