Tag: First Five Years Fund

  Since the midterm elections, headlines and pundits have been screaming that Washington, D.C., is now a city divided. Despite this partisan divide the Republican-led Congress and Obama administration can make progress on early education during the next two years.   They can do this by sweating the ideologically smaller stuff, i.e., supporting preschool and[…..]

  The nine winners of the first Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge now face the same looming deadline and question: How will they sustain their work when the four-year grants run out next year?   A new set of polls suggest that the public wants them to keep up the good work.[…..]

  Voters will decide control of the U.S. Senate, the fate of competing Seattle preschool plans and a slate of other important issues in two weeks, and new polls suggest they also will support early learning in key states.   In the latest sign that early education investment is a bipartisan issue, a majority of Republican[…..]

  Once again Americans are saying they want the federal government to expand pre-kindergarten, with 70 percent supporting greater federal funding to ensure all children have access to a good pre-k classroom, a new Gallup poll found.   This is the second poll in the last two months that shows voters want improved access to[…..]

  Washington state made significant progress in building a high-quality early learning system over the past five years. And Republican and Democratic voters overwhelming say they support even more investments, a new poll says.   During the last decade, Washington has invested in a comprehensive early learning strategy, including expanding access to preschool. The percentage of children[…..]

  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[…..]

  Washington won its Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant two years ago and a couple of new updates show the state is making progress in key areas.   The state’s winning application largely focused on work in three strategies: its quality rating and improvement system, Early Achievers a kindergarten transition system,[…..]

  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[…..]

  A new poll suggests strong public backing for investments in early education, one of the latest signs of support for President Barack Obama’s plan to create universal access to preschool and improve early learning.   In the poll, 67 percent supported investments like those in the president’s plan.  What is more interesting, however, is[…..]