early childhood education

Foster family coloring, with young child on the left and parent on the right.


New Grant Will Promote Equity in Early Childhood Programs in Washington

A new grant in Washington is accepting applications for funding for parent support, early learning and early childhood programs that advance cultural inclusivity.

Let the Child Tax Credit Work


New York City Mayor Announces Investments in Child Care

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has released an ambitious plan to expand subsidized child care and early childhood education programs.

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High Cost of Child Care Compounds New York City’s Affordability Crisis

Celebrating the Day of Thanks at a Harlem early childhood center run by Union Settlement, which estimates its enrollment is currently at about half of capacity. Photo via Union Settlement.
For New York City parents of infants and toddlers, the annual cost of center-based child care is nearly one-third of the median household income — more than four times the level considered “affordable” by the U.S.


California’s New Plan for Early Childhood Education Runs Up Against COVID-19 Realities

California’s new early childhood education “master plan” outlines steps to achieve universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.
A long-anticipated “master plan” for overhauling California’s child care and preschool system has just been released, drawing mixed reactions marked by sharp criticism for being out of touch with the needs of an industry particularly decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. 


The Fight Against Preschool Pushout

When the parents or caregivers of young children start the San Bernardino County, California, CARE program, they are desperate. One mother said she hadn’t been able to go to the store in four years because of her 5-year-old son’s challenging behaviors.

Feds Announce $10 Million To Expand Reach of Adoption Training Initiative


Promoting a Community Approach for Mental Well-Being in Our Littlest Citizens

Several years ago, my sister and I watched my 2-year-old nephew’s behavior change dramatically. He started wetting the bed, throwing temper tantrums and getting frustrated so quickly. In any other child, it might have been normal “terrible twos,” but in him we knew something was definitely wrong.


    50 Years After Perry: Quality Early Childhood Has Second Generation Effect, Study Finds

    New research from Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman suggests that the benefits of early childhood education may extend much further than previously thought. In a pair of research papers released today through the University of Chicago’s Center for the Economics of Human Development, Heckman makes the case that high-quality early childhood interventions can positively impact not just the children in these programs as they move through life, but even the children of the original participants decades later.


    Gavin Newsom, California’s Family Man

    On Monday, Gavin Newsom was sworn is as California’s 40th governor. He is the father of four young children, one of whom ended up stealing the show. At one point during Newsom’s 20-minute address his youngest son, 2-year-old Dutch, toddled up on stage.


    Self-Taught Techie Designs App to Get At-Risk Kids into Preschool

    Steve Sturm believes every child should have the same opportunities that his 3-year-old daughter Reagan enjoys. Things like new boots, trips to the trampoline park — and preschool. But for children known to the foster care system, too many miss out on the earliest years of their education.