The State Preschool Yearbook Profiles Current State-by-State Funding for PreK

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The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) issued The 2014 State Preschool Yearbook this week. This publication is an annual report profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs across the United States. The latest Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2013-2014 school year as well as documenting more than a decade of change since the first Yearbook collected data on the 2001-2002 school year.  For the… Read more »

EPIC Member Authors Article in Denver Business Journal on the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

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David Hammond, Roundtable member of EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children), authored an article that was published in the Denver Business Journal that features Colorado’s Child Care Contribution Tex Credit (CCTC) as a viable and impactful way in which businesses can support the child care industry state-wide. The CCTC has been fully restored in 2015, allowing parents, families, businesses,… Read more »

Business Leaders Highlight Importance of Early Childhood Programs in Letter to United Nations

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Quality early childhood programs create the foundation for workforce productivity and economic prosperity around the globe. That’s the message that the business leader group ReadyNation is sending to the United Nations in a new open letter released today. The letter, signed by 51 business leaders spanning four continents, stresses the connection between quality early childhood programs and a host of… Read more »

Early Learning Ventures Awarded $3.1 Million Grant Through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership

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As part of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) made approximately $500 million available to expand access to high-quality Early Head Start (EHS) Services nationwide, allowing new and existing EHS programs to partner with local child care providers serving infant and toddlers from low income families. Through the competitive process, approximately 235 programs emerged… Read more »

Washington Post Reports on a New Study Finding High-Quality Early Education Reduces Costs

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Study: High-quality early education could reduce costs By Lyndsey Layton High-quality early childhood programs can reduce the number of children diagnosed with certain learning disabilities by third grade, according to a study published Tuesday in the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis journal. The study, conducted by Clara G. Muschkin, Helen F. Ladd and Kenneth A. Dodge of Duke University, could have significant implications for reducing… Read more »

President Obama Proposes Initiatives to Help Make Quality Child Care More Accessible

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In his state of the Union address on January 20, 2015, President Obama stated “In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have — it’s a must-have. So it’s time we stop treating childcare as a side issue, or as… Read more »