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Infants and Toddlers Cannot Be Forgotten When Expanding Pre-K

Carla Thompson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

Over and over again, we are coming to the same conclusion - early investments in children's education reap a harvest of benefits for years to come for the children, their families and their communities.

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

Sounding the Siren for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

They have lifted millions of poor families and children out of poverty but now are under assault by political extremists. We must stand up and refuse to let them turn the clock of progress backwards.

A Step in the Right Direction: The Strong Start for America's Children Act

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Lawmaking aligned with the science of early childhood last month when Senator Tom Harkin, Representative George Miller and Representative Richard Hann...

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Starts Early

Constance Mourning | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Constance Mourning

From my experience with both grades, I know firsthand that the kids who have been in Pre-K are better prepared for Kindergarten. They know what it's like to be in a classroom. They have a head start on reading and math. And they just generally find school easier to navigate.

Jared Gilmour

Jennifer Garner Fights For Preschool At The Capitol

HuffingtonPost.com | Jared Gilmour | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not every day an actress can be found crouching down in the U.S. Capitol to play with children, but that's what Jennifer Garner did...

The Shutdown Hits Young Children

AP | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Head Start providers that serve 3,200 low-income children in four states are closing due to the federal governm...

57,000 Reasons to Support Early Learning

Sally Steenland | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

Like so many political battles these days, the gap between bipartisan support for preschool programs and cutting 57,000 kids from Head Start defies logic and common sense.

Ready for School?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's time for broad bipartisan support for critically important investments in young children. And we must get this right for children: not for test makers, not for adult interests, but for children -- especially the poorest children.

Does Obama's Early Education Proposal Have a Chance?

David Kirp | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
David Kirp

If early education is done well -- and the Obama plan builds in safeguards designed to assure quality -- there's abundant evidence that it's the smartest investment we can make in children's futures.

Rally4Babies? If We Don't, Who Will?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

This virtual event aims to awaken Americans to the astonishing importance of the early weeks and months of life, when infants encounter the world with wonder and rapid learning that lays the foundation for all the curiosity and discovery that lies ahead.

Rally4Babies Because Success Starts Early

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When infants and toddlers get a strong start, our nation prospers. Learning happens from the start, and so should our investments in children.

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: Think Tank Scholar vs. Adorable 10-Year-Old

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not often you get to see a Heritage Foundation scholar testifying side-by-side with a 10-year-old girl over the impacts of sequestr...

The First Lesson

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Proposals to expand Early Head Start make sense. Will they become a reality? It all comes down to that first lesson: that every baby matters. The next few months will demonstrate how well we adults remember that.

Children Need to Fly Too: End Sequestration

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone despairing that Congress can't get anything done should note last week's swift vote to get furloughed air traffic controllers back to work. Congress can move very quickly and efficiently when it wants to and when their own comfort and that of constituents well-off enough to fly was affected. Reduced unemployment benefits, children dropped suddenly from Head Start programs, poor mothers and babies losing food supplements, teacher layoffs, and cancelled meal deliveries for seniors didn't move them -- but airport delays as members headed out of town for their April recess were apparently unacceptable.

President Proposes Landmark Investment in Early Learning

Catherine Atkin | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

As a bellwether for innovation and home to one out of every eight children in America, California will play a vital role in fulfilling the president's vision for early learning.

Preschool Now!

Jonah Edelman | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

State preschool offerings vary considerably -- from impressive (and proven) universal preschool in Oklahoma to a disappointing lack of options in Arizona. That's why the president's plan makes so much sense.

Joy Resmovits

No Preschool For You, Some States May Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's "Preschool for All" initiative in his 2014 2014 budget proposal is billed as a way to make sure every American child can atte...

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...

Head Start Programs Offer Benefits, Improve Child Well-Being And School Readiness: Report

Posted 11.19.2012 | Education

Head Start programs lead to short-term benefits across multiple areas of children's well-being and school readiness, according to a recent report. ...

Critical Investment Advice From Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest threat to America's national military and economic security and democracy comes from no enemy without, but from our failure to invest in and prepare all of our children for the future right now.

Lifting Up Our Youngest Learners

Josh Anderson | Posted 07.01.2012 | Chicago
Josh Anderson

As a community, we must continue our commitment to raising the bar for our early learning centers and closing the school readiness gap for our city's future leaders.

Saki Knafo

Head Start Agencies Sue Over Strict New Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 03.29.2012 | Education

Not long ago, Bob Ruseau, a stay-at-home dad who lives in Medford, Mass., ran into an old friend from the neighborhood who said she was surprised by h...

Doubling-Down on Dumb: The GOP War on Being Smart

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 05.15.2012 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

We're supposed to be exploring every conceivable alternative for turning the domestic economy around. So why are Republicans, at state and federal levels, waging a rhetorical, legislative, and administrative War on Education?

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.