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Early Learning Challenge Fund -- Trimmed to an 8-Year Program -- Is Approved by House Committee

July 22, 2009

A major new federal investment in early education, the Early Learning Challenge Grant program that was included in legislation introduced last week by House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, and which we wrote about here, cleared its first hurdle on the way to becoming law yesterday.

Moving Quickly and Called 'Mandatory': What You Need to Know About the Federal Bill on Early Learning Grants

July 16, 2009

The early childhood community is just starting to digest yesterday's news about legislation in Congress that could provide a new stream of money for states setting up high-quality early learning systems.

Who Knew Student Loan Reform Could Mean So Much To Early Childhood?

July 15, 2009

A centerpiece of President Obama's early education plan -- the Early Learning Challenge Fund -- just got its ticket to ride in a sweeping student aid bill introduced today by House Education and Labor Chairman George Miller.

Taking the Helm at the Administration for Children and Families

July 15, 2009

New leaders are coming aboard at the Administration for Children and Families, the part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that deals with Head Start and child care programs.

Low-Wage Schedules and the Child Care Struggle

July 9, 2009

More than 60 percent of Americans have jobs that pay by the hour. One-quarter to one-third of them are low-wage jobs like waiting tables, working at nursing homes and standing behind the counter at the Rite-Aid. These employees often face unpredictable hours and less-than-full-time paychecks. And if these employees also happen to be parents, the instability and inflexibility of their work life is likely having negative effects on the health and education of their kids.

Beyond Nannies: How the Recession May Be Changing Child Care

June 15, 2009

The Washington Post ran a story yesterday on the "nanny glut" and it caught our attention -- partly for what it didn't say. Turns out that the recession has led many families to let go of their nannies, usually because mom or dad no longer have a job or their work hours were cut. Then the story took an interesting tack, suggesting that this was a boon for relatively well-off, working parents.

Worrisome Signs During The National Week of the Young Child

April 24, 2009

Child care is expensive, and for many families, economic hard times have made quality child care unaffordable. Stories are emerging about how parents are being forced to pull their children out of care, find alternative arrangements, or even quit work because the cost of child care has exceeded what their paychecks provide. Other stories describe how emptier classrooms impact providers, how infants are particularly affected (because caring for infants requires more staff and is therefore more expensive), or how fewer children in well-supervised care has led to an increase in cases of child abuse or neglect. ABC News produced a video about how this is impacting middle class families who can't pay for care but still make too much to qualify for child care subsidies or Head Start. Earlier this week New York Times columnist Bob Herbert wrote about fewer children being able to gain access to necessary health services.

New ACF Grants for Studies on Head Start, Child Care and New Research Center

April 9, 2009

Seeking funding for research on child care centers or Head Start? Have some ideas for the creation of a federal center dedicated to research on young English-language learners? Consider submitting them to the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation for the Administration for Children and Families. The office, which is part of U.S. Health and Human Services Department, is seeking proposals this spring for three grant programs related to early childhood research.

Details -- pasted from the OPRE news listserv -- are below. Deadlines are quickly approaching. You've got until the end of this month to get letters of intent out the door.

Failing Grades: States' Standards for Child Care Centers

March 12, 2009

Who's watching who's watching the children? The federal government leaves this task to the states. But states are failing to ensure that childcare centers are safe, according to a report released today by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies.

More Stimulating Child Care

December 23, 2008

In a coincidence of timing, we published our roundup of various organizations' proposals for early childhood care and education in the stimulus package at about the same time as Pre-K Now released a letter to House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid outlining their stimulus agenda for early education--so Pre-k Now's agenda didn't make it into our roundup.

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