For Immediate Release: December 10, 2015
Contact: Stephanie Morris
Statement by NAEYC Executive Director Rhian Allvin Evans on President Obama’s Signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act
The new law establishes key connections between early childhood education and the K-12 system, weaving early learning into language throughout the bill, and including a Preschool Development Grant program that provides $250 million to help states and communities plan, coordinate and expand their early childhood programs for low-income children. It also transfers significant authority to the states to create accountability systems and to ensure that all children have the support they need to be successful in school.
As an organization committed to advancing a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession, and one who supports all who care for, educate and work on behalf of young children, NAEYC expresses our gratitude to the President, Congress and the advocates who, committed to doing what is best for children and families, worked long and hard to create a new day in education.
As a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, and one with tens of thousands of educators working in every early childhood setting, from living rooms to classrooms, NAEYC and Affiliates across the country stand ready to help that new day come to pass by continuing to advocate for resources and policies that support quality and equity.
Today marks both an end and a beginning. As our policies start to catch up to the science of what we know is right for children, we must be united, strong and vigilant in moving forward to ensure that every teacher, every family and every student will, truly, succeed.
NAEYC's mission is to promote high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. NAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. Learn more at www.naeyc.org.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.