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National Early Learning Proposal & Advocacy Toolkit
Strong Start for Children Toolkit For Early Learning Advocates,
provides the resources advocates and community leaders need to make sure early learning stays on the national policy agenda and the recent Preschool Proposal becomes a reality. Use it for meetings with your elected officials and for locally-based advocacy (newsletters, op-eds, etc.) See Raising Smart, Healthy Kids in Every State: Expanding Early Education Initiatives with Funding from the Federal Tobacco Tax.
More information on the National Early Learning Proposal is available on the Early Learning webpage, in this video, and in this June 4th White House fact sheet Increasing Access to High-Quality Early Childhood Education in New York.
President Obama's bold, new early childhood initiative needs your support.
Efforts are underway to thank the President and support his proposal, through the Strong Start for Children - Building America's Future campaign, spearheaded by the National Women's Law Center.
See ZERO TO THREE's customizable thank you letter & artwork template.
PreK-12 data is now part of the New America Foundation's Federal Education Budget Project, a non-partisan source of information on federal education funding for policymakers, the media and the public.
The First Five Years Fund has a blog, The Starting Point, with federal news on early childhood education funding.
The New America Foundation have launched an electronic newsclipping service, the Early Ed News Clips. Responding to the growing birth-to-third-grade frame that encompasses pre-kindergarten education, Early Ed News Clips provide the latest in public education news around the country about children from birth to age eight.
Politics K-12 Your education road map, a blog from Education Week.
Early Learning Initiative, a website from the U.S. Department of Education.
Early Ed Watch, a blog from New America's Early Education Initiative, with up-to-date coverage of federal and national early education initiatives. Also includes a page dedicated to ESEA and Early Learning.
Obama administration presses forward on early education
Politico (August 13, 2013) By Caitlin Emma - President Barack Obama has found a way to cater to his obsession with pre-K programs while the rest of his education agenda stalls: Skip Congress and spend the money anyway. -see story
RALLY ON—It’s Working!
Zero to Three Baby Policy blog (July 10, 2013) By Matthew Melmed - This week has started strong for our country’s babies. With Monday’s first-ever Virtual #Rally4Babies, our youngest children finally took center stage. -see blog
Working Toward Pre-K for All
The White House blog (June 27, 2013) By Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy. -see blog
The Early Learning Field's Turning Point
Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Education Commission of the States 2013 National Forum, St. Louis, Missouri. June 27, 2013 -see Duncan's remarks
States Size Up Obama Pre-K Proposal
Education Week (February 26, 2013) By Christina A. Samuels - Well before President Barack Obama vaulted early-childhood learning to the top of the education agenda in his recent State of the Union address, states were taking steps to bolster their own preschool programs. -see story
President Obama’s Plan for Early Education for all Americans, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. February 13, 2013 -see plan
White House Details Preschool Plan, Expansion of Early-Childhood Education Would Require Rigorous Curricula, Well-Trained Teachers
The Wall Street Journal (February 14, 2013) By Stephanie Banchero and Peter Nicholas - Decatur, Ga.—The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled details of a preschool plan that would mark the biggest expansion of early-childhood education since Head Start was launched nearly 50 years ago. -see story
Federal Report Finds Educational Inequities, Pushes for Access to Early Learning
Early Ed Watch (February 20, 2013) By Clare McCann - The Equity and Excellence Commission, a board established by Congress in 2010 to study school finance issues, released its final report this week, For Each and Every Child. The Commission’s recommendations for federal, state and local policymakers address school finance systems; teacher preparation and quality; access to early learning opportunities; students in high-poverty communities; and accountability and governance measures. -see story
Federal Commission Urges Bold Steps to Boost Education Equity
Education Week / Politics K-12 blog (February 19, 2013) By Michele McNeil - A federally appointed education-equity commission is proposing a five-pronged agenda for states and the federal government to help the 22 percent of children living in poverty and eliminate what the commission calls a "staggering" achievement gap. -see story
White House Gives Outline of Early-Childhood Ed. Expansion Plan
Education Week / Politics K-12 blog (February 14, 2013) By Alyson Klein - President Barack Obama used his State of the Union speech to make a big splash on early-childhood education, calling for expanding access to preschool programs to just about every child in the country. But he gave almost no details on the plan in his Tuesday address, including how Congress would pay for it in a tight budget year. -see story
How Will the Fiscal Cliff Impact Education Funding?
PBS NEWSHOUR (December 14, 2012) By John K. Wilson - Education and politics in the U.S. are far from strangers, and the current ruckus in Washington over the so-called "fiscal cliff" is making no exceptions. -see story
$400 Million Race to Top Contest for Districts Starts Now
Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (August 12, 2012) By Michele McNeil - The U.S. Department of Education today is kicking off the $400 million Race to the Top competition for districts after making big changes to the contest rules to assuage school board members and prod more large districts to apply. -see blog