Despite the strain on government budgets, early education and mentoring initiatives can be strengthened. A 2012 report by the Committee for Economic Development, Unfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future, details fascinating research on the benefits of early education, especially for underprivileged children.
— Larry Jensen, President/CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, Trustee, Committee for Economic Development
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
California: Mandatory Kindergarten Attendance
California joins 15 states plus DC in requiring students to attend kindergarten, following the recent passage of A.B. 1444.
Two-Generation Approaches to School Success
The National Center for Children in Poverty release a brief that provides information about how state policies can strengthen two-generation supports for families with young children and promote the well-being and life opportunities of both parents and children.
Child Poverty Improves
The U.S. Census Bureau released a report on income and poverty in 2013. Advocates are pleased because there was a larger than anticipated decline in the overall child poverty rate, which fell from about 22 percent in 2012 to 20 percent in 2013. Families' circumstances have improved, but not evenly across the board. Poverty rates fell for white and Hispanic children, but increased slightly for black children.
School Turnaround and Accountability
The Ounce of Prevention Fund released their latest Policy Conversation paper, Changing the Metrics of Turnaround to Encourage Early Learning Strategies , which built upon their previously released Framework for Rethinking Education Accountability and Support Birth Through High School to collectively address how current K-12 turnaround and accountability policies create a significant disincentive to local investment in early learning and K-2. The paper argues that the metrics current policies use to evaluate student progress, and thereby accountability and turnaround efforts, have much broader implications for K-12 accountability and early learning investments.