Early Care & Learning
Monday, February 10, 2014
Save the Date for Early Care & Learning Advocacy Day on February 10th in Albany! It’s your chance to meet with your elected officials in the hub of all decision making and advocate on behalf of New York State’s children and families. Members of the Winning Beginning NY coalition will join with other advocates in order to make early childhood as loud and visible as possible. Please encourage parents and providers in your communities to join us in Albany!
Make Your Voice Heard
on Federal Funding for Child Care and Head Start!
Federal Budget Advocacy, December 13 Key Messages, Talking Points, and Templates. This mini-toolkit contains materials to help you make your voice heard—quickly and easily—in the next few weeks, as Congress faces a critical budget deadline on December 13th. Please share this toolkit with others!
We encourage you to insert your own personal experiences or localized story to make these pieces more compelling. Included, please find templates for:
Federal "Strong Start for America's Children Act" Introduced!
On Nov. 13th, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Representative George Miller (D-CA), and New York State's own Representative Richard Hanna (R) introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. They were joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Bill Corr, members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, America's Edge, and Mission: Readiness, as well as actress Jennifer Garner.
This bill is a bipartisan response to the President's Preschool for All proposal. It is an important step forward in ensuring access to high-quality early learning programs for low- and moderate-income children.
Please call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and ask your representatives to join with Congressman Hanna in co-sponsoring the Strong Start for America's Children Act!
See the Nov. 17th article New York's stalled pre-K initiative could get federal jump-start,
Proposed legislation would offer federal grants
Pre-K RFP Released!
The long awaited Pre-K RFP for high-need school districts is out! See it here.
We know that this is a busy time of year for school districts, but we urge eligible districts to apply. We also encourage community-based groups to work with local school districts to apply. It is important to show the State these funds are appreciated and needed. The NYS Education Department held a September 19th information webinar explaining the RFP – and the archived webinar is available here. As of October 28th, only 88 school districts in New York state have applied for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's competitive pre-kindergarten grants, representing about a quarter of the 345 districts that were eligible.
Federal Budget Advocacy, December 13 Key Messages, Talking Points, and Templates
This WBNY mini-toolkit contains materials to help you make your voice heard—quickly and easily—in the next few weeks, as Congress faces a critical budget deadline on December 13th.
Winning Beginning NY 2014 Executive Agenda outlines the Coalition's priorities for the coming year. We support investments and policies that move the state toward a comprehensive early learning system that promotes children’s healthy social, emotional, cognitive and physical development known to promote success in school and later life.
Equity and Excellence: African-American Children’s Access to Quality Preschool, a report by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), and White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans (WHIEEAA), discusses the lack of access to high-quality early childhood education experiences for African-American children and offers recommendations to expand opportunities. November 2013.
Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York: A Statewide Roadmap, a Center for Children's Initiatives (CCI) and Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE) statewide plan for full-day Pre-K offering a financial strategy that recognizes Pre-K as an essential educational service, and provides a plan to phase in Pre-K to the state's three- and four-year-olds over the next eight years. October 2013. See the Executive Summary.
The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2013 KIDS COUNT policy report details how a child's early development is essential to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement. It includes policy recommendations to prepare all children to succeed.
I'm the Guy You Pay Later, Sheriffs, Chiefs and Prosecutors Urge America to Cut Crime by
Investing Now in High-Quality Early Education and Care,
a Fight Crime Invest in Kids NY report. October 2013.
Pivot Point: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2013, a report from the National Women's Law Center, finds an uneven landscape in child care assistance policies nationwide. October 2013.
Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education, this Foundation for Child Development research brief reviews rigorous evidence on why early skills matter, which children benefit from preschool, the short- and long-term effects of preschool programs on children’s school readiness and life outcomes, the importance of program quality, and the costs versus benefits of preschool education. October 2013.
Raising Smart, Healthy Kids in Every State:
Expanding Early Education Initiatives with Funding from the Federal Tobacco Tax, a new report by a coalition of nine national organizations in support of federal investments in early learning funded by an increase in federal tobacco taxes. September 2013.
Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2013, a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. August 2013.
The Voters Have Spoken And They Overwhelmingly Support Early Learning, a national survey by the First Five Years Fund. July 2013.
Pre-K Funding Fact Sheet, a 1-pager that explains the $25 million for expansion of prekindergarten programs enacted in the 2013-14 NYS budget.
Impact of Sequestration Cuts on Head Start, Child Care and Early Education: State and Local Examples, a chart from the National Women's Law Center. July 15, 2013.
Pre-K for Every Child: A Matter of Fairness,
a First Focus report that makes the case that every child in America should have the opportunity to attend high-quality pre-kindergarten (Pre-K). July 2013.