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Early Childhood Education Programs

Home Visiting: Setting Our Children Up for Lifelong Success

Diana Mendley Rauner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Diana Mendley Rauner

Nearly half of young children in our country live in low-income families, and a startling 25 percent live in what's classified as "deep poverty." Thes...

Picky Eaters? It's Not About the Food

Caron Gremont | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

Have you ever carefully prepared a home-cooked meal (like roasted chicken with root vegetables and fresh herbs on top) only to have your kids refuse to take so much as a bite, insisting, instead, on eating those same nuked frozen chicken nuggets (again)?

America Can't Afford to Waitlist Its Children's Future

Mark Shriver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Shriver

Children without access to quality early education programs start kindergarten with an 18-month disadvantage, and that gap continues to widen. By the time they are in fourth grade, many cannot do math or read at grade level. And the simple reality is that they are unlikely to catch up.

It's Common Sense to Come Together for Our Kids

Chris Dodd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Chris Dodd

When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together.

When Children Start School Behind, They Stay Behind

Katey Comerford | Posted 03.12.2013 | DC
Katey Comerford

Imagine starting a race knowing everyone will get a head start, except for you. Not exactly fair, is it? But for many children, this isn't too far off from reality.

Lawmakers Urged To Invest In Quality Early Childhood Education

The Huffington Post | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education

As Congress seeks to avoid triggering across-the-board cuts to education, the nonprofit First Five Years Fund is urging legislators to invest in quali...

How Curious George Helps Children's Math And Science

Posted 11.15.2012 | Education

A recent study of the popular children’s program Curious George found that the series’ television episodes and TV tie-in books positively impacted...

High-Quality Preschool Education Crucial To Economy, Society: Report

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

In a brief released Tueday, National Education Policy Center managing director Dr. William Mathis urges policymakers to invest in high-quality prescho...

The Bottom Line

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

How our nation treats its children reflects our societal values. Children can't vote. They depend on us -- parents, grandparents, pediatricians, teachers, and other child health advocates and professionals, to do right by them.

With Our Future on the Line, the Time to Invest in Kids Is Now

Mark Shriver | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education
Mark Shriver

Getting the job done and ensuring quality early education for every American kid would be an investment on the order of buying Apple stock in 2003 when it was at $6.56 a share.

Our Sacred Obligation

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 04.08.2012 | Education
Sen. Bob Casey

Children who learn more today earn more tomorrow, and the earlier children are exposed to quality learning opportunities, the better off they are.

Education Nation Changes the Conversation

Mark Shriver | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education
Mark Shriver

Our country is engaged in a deep, delicate battle about how to slice up the federal budget. What may surprise some people is that early childhood education comes down to everything Americans are anxious about.

UK And US Administering Tests To Toddlers

Posted 09.07.2011 | Education

Testing early development has a new meaning: 2-year olds in England will be given mandatory "progress checks" under a new government initiative to det...

An Entire Generation at Stake

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

Today, more than one-fourth of Latino children live in poverty. Three-fifths live in low-income families. One in five does not have health insurance. Only 55% graduate from high school.