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Federal Advocacy

Online Resources:

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.

Other Resources:

December 13 Federal Budget Advocacy, Key Messages, Talking Points, and Templates. This mini-toolkit contains materials to help you make your voice heard—quickly and easily—as Congress faces a critical Budget deadline on Dec. 13th. Please share this toolkit with others!

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. See Pre-Kindergarten and the Limitations of Pre-K Data, a September 24, 2013 report.

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.


Early Childhood a Bipartisan Topic at Governors' Meeting
Education Week/ Early Years blog (February 23, 2014) By Christina Samuels - Washington - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described early-childhood expansion efforts as an inevitability, not merely an aspiration, during his Sunday presentation to a receptive group of governors gathered here for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

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

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