- NAEYC Early Childhood Recommendations in P-12 Committee Bill Moving to Floor (Reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act)
- Updated NAEYC Policy Statement on QRIS Published
NWLC Releases Report on State-by-State Child Care Subsidy Policies
NAEYC Recommendations Adopted in Committee P-12 Bill (Elementary & Secondary Education Act): Next Step Full Senate
Here are highlights of the bill as it moves from the Committee to the floor:
- In Title I, the State Educational Agency has to consult with the State Early Care & Education Advisory Council on the development of its Title I plan. At the local level, school districts will consult with early childhood education representatives on the district-level Title I plan.
- In addition to strengthening current Title I language on coordination between schools and early childhood programs, the bill requires local educational agencies to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Head Start agencies. The MOU requirement for Head Start was required as part of the 2007 reauthorization of the Head Start Act.
- Title II funds can be used by districts for joint professional development between teachers and schools in early childhood community-based programs and for professional development of principals.
- Promise Neighborhoods grants, a comprehensive approach to child and family well being, is included in the bill.
- Includes grants for comprehensive literacy efforts from birth through high school. For the birth-to-five portion, community early childhood programs as well as schools would be able to receive resources to support high quality early literacy strategies and instruction. That part of the state plan would be developed in consultation with the State Early Care & Education Advisory Council. (Early Reading First, Even Start and Reading First have been defunded.)
- Title V authorizes Race to the Top and includes early childhood as an area that could be funded. If the Secretary of Education chooses early childhood as one of the priorities, that part will be jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education. It also includes language on appropriate versus inappropriate use of child assessment. The goal for Race to the Top used for early childhood is the same goal expressed for the Early Learning Challenge grants: more low-income children in high quality programs and an integrated system to support high quality programs and services. It also authorizes the Investing in Innovation grants.
Unfortunately, the bill does not include our recommendation that states review and revise their K-3 standards to address all domains. If adopted, NAEYC believes it would complement the Common Core and would lead to better alignment, more comprehensive curricula and professional development. The recommendation that ready schools need review for elementary schools also did not make it into this version. We will continue to press that these are critical elements to strengthening education through the early grades.
NAEYC Revised Policy Statement on QRIS
NWLC Releases Report on State Child Care Subsidies
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