NAEYC CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONS UPDATE
AUGUST 8, 2013
- New National Poll Shows Bipartisan Voter Support for Early Childhood Education Investments
- Libby Doggett Appointed Deputy Asst. Secretary for Policy & Early Learning
- Early Learning Challenge and Infants & Toddlers: New Article by ZERO TO THREE
New National Poll Shows Bipartisan Support
for Early Childhood Education Investments
Results of a new national voter poll by the First Five Years Fund and the Grow America Stronger coalition show significant bipartisan support for early childhood education investments. For example:
- 86% of respondents say that ensuring children get a good start in life is an important national priority; second only to increasing jobs and economic growth.
- 70% say we should be doing more to ensure that children begin kindergarten with the proper knowledge and skills to succeed.
- 89% say it is important to make early education and child care more affordable for working families to give children a strong start.
- 86% want the federal government to help states and local communities build better preschool services and make them more accessible to children from low- and middle-income families.
U.S. Department of Education Announces
Libby Doggett as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy & Early Learning
The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that Dr. Libby Doggett will be named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Doggett will head the Office of Early Learning within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, working closely with the White House on promoting the President’s proposed early learning plan and with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on this fall’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge competition.
Dr. Doggett has a long record of leadership in early childhood education: she led the Pew Pre-K Now campaign to expand access to and the quality of prekindergarten, and comes to the Department from her current role as Director of the Pew Home Visiting Campaign. Dr. Doggett has also served as Special Assistant to the Director of Special Education and Executive Director of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council. See the full announcement here.
Birth To Five Early learning Challenge Grants: Helping Infants and Toddlers
New Article by ZERO TO THREE
Fourteen states have received Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grants since the program was initiated in 2011. A recent article by ZERO TO THREE found that while these states are not using a significant portion of their grants to fund initiatives targeting infants and toddlers specifically, grantees’ efforts to strengthen the systems that support all young children and families will create many benefits for babies. To learn more about the plans states have and the progress they’ve made implementing Early Learning Challenge initiatives, you can view the full article.
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