Tag: Congress

  President Barack Obama made another push in last night’s State of the Union for a state-federal partnership that could build a new early education system, but with a twist. The president suggested he might not wait for Congress.   Given the partisan fighting that has stalled work on many public policy issues in Congress,[…..]

  Congressional negotiators struck a deal to fund the federal government this week, and within it agreed to start work on President Barack Obama’s early learning proposal.   The latest congressional budget deal funds two elements of the early education plan the president featured in his 2013 State of the Union address: a competitive grant[…..]

  We have a federal budget deal and in the new lowered-expectation Congress, early education does not fare too badly.   Under the proposed deal, cuts to domestic spending will not be as severe in the coming fiscal year. Head Start, for example, already lost 57,000 slots in the current fiscal year, but should do[…..]

  In Congress, legislators unveiled a long-awaited plan today to expand high-quality pre-kindergarten to all low-income families through a new federal-state partnership and make new investments in child care.   The legislation’s focus is on creating new pre-k programs, funding qualified state-run pre-k and improving existing pre-k around the country. Similar bills were introduced in[…..]

  Voters rank investments in early education as the second most important priority for the federal government, trumping tax cuts. An overwhelming percentage (86 percent) support work that gives children a strong start in school and life, a new poll found.   Voters’ support for high-quality preschool, home visiting and child care is both broad[…..]

  Washington state’s quality rating and improvement system, Early Achievers, took a big step this month when it expanded statewide, but the program looks a bit different than when it was launched five years ago.   It has been eight years since then-Gov. Christine Gregoire proposed a rating system for child care providers. Since then[…..]

  Washington led early education reform this week when Sen. Patty Murray called for a new vision and investment in preschool and child care.   On Tuesday, Sen. Murray announced she would introduce sweeping new legislation that would provide all children access to high-quality early learning programs that would connect with the K-12 system and[…..]

  The foundation is widening.   Last week, more than 300 business types sent Congress and President Barack Obama a letter asking both to support high-quality early learning. While letters to Congress are not usually big news, this letter is for a couple of reasons.   First, the depth and variety of businesses backing this[…..]

  A group of public policy types got together Wednesday to explore President Barack Obama’s universal early education plan and who was there was as important as what was said.   At the Brookings Institution event, a former influential Republican representative, Nancy Johnson, spoke about the need to start with a bipartisan approach. An official from[…..]

  After President Barack Obama proposed his sweeping plan to build a high-quality early education system – universal preschool was only part of it – one of the obvious questions was: Will it go anywhere?   The Obama administration is working hard to ensure it does.   The president’s budget is full of good ideas[…..]