Investing in Early Childhood Education

Issue Brief: Investing in Early Childhood Education
Issue Brief: Head Start Reauthorization
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Early Education

The two main areas for federal advocacy on early education are:

  • Head Start - This program provides educational and other comprehensive support services to approximately one million disadvantaged children.
  • Voluntary Pre-kindergarten - Publicly funded, high quality preschool programs for all three- and four-year olds.

Why Is This Important To Your School District?

Publicly funded preschool programs can raise student achievement by providing a solid foundation on which children can build. Numerous studies have shown that programs that provide children developmentally appropriate stimulation in their early years can help to close some of the achievement gaps that exist among children even before they enter school. Research has also documented that children who participate in high-quality preschool programs demonstrate greater interest in learning, are less likely to repeat a grade or require special education classes, and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.

What to Tell Congress:  NSBA's Position

NSBA urges policymakers to increase funding for the newly reauthorized Head Start program, which currently serves over 900,000 low-income children and their families through a network of 1,600 public and private agencies. In addition, NSBA urges Congress to create a new federal grant program to help support high quality preschool programs for all children whose families wish them to attend.

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Looking for more information? See what’s Inside Investing in Early Childhood Education on the right.

Additional Resources

NSBA comments re. Race to the Top – State grants for improving early childhood care and education

NSBA Issue Brief: Investing in Early Childhood Education
Learn more about NSBA's position on early childhood education.

NSBA Issue Brief: Head Start Reauthorization
Learn about NSBA's position on Head Start reauthorization.

NSBA Comments on Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program
June 19 - NSBA comments on proposed, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the 2013 Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program.

NSBA's Letter to Secretary Duncan re. Early Learning Stakeholder Meeting on Race to the Top in FY12
March 16, 2012 - Early Learning Stakeholder Meeting on Race to the Top in FY12

NSBA Comments on Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program
Key revisions to RTT-ELC program

NSBA's Comments on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Establishing a Head Start Designation Renewal System
December 21, 2010 - NSBA offers comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for establishing a Head Start and Early Head Start designation renewal system.

Department of Education's Early Education Blueprint
May 2010 - A proposal for early learning in the ESEA reauthorization, based on the Department's Blueprint, includes NSBA's primary recommendatiosn for Pre-K.

NSBA's Letter to Secretary Duncan and Secretary Sebelius
April 23, 2010 - Understanding Preschool–Grade 3 Structures

NSBA Recommendations to Secretary Duncan: January 25, 2010
Re: Early Learning and Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

NSBA Analysis of the LEARN Act
This chart analyzes the birth-through-kindergarten entry provisions of both the House and Senate bills.

Analysis of H.R. 3221
The "Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009" would provide funds for early learning programs.

Letter to the House of Representatives: September 15, 2009
Re: Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 - H.R. 3221

Letter to the House Committee on Education & Labor: July 20, 2009
Re: Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 - H.R. 3221

Pre-K Legislation: 111th Congress
Details on selected pre-k bills introduced in the current Congress as of May 2009.

Planning for Pre-Kindergarten Webinar
Webinar April 28. 2009: Planning for Prekindergarten – A Toolkit for School Board Members.

Pre-K Coalition Letter to the House Committee on Education & Labor: June 24, 2008
Re: Providing Resources Early for Kids Act “Pre-K Act,” H.R. 3289

NSBA's Letter to Representative Mazie Hirono: May 12, 2008
Re: Providing Resources Early for Kids Act of 2007 (H.R. 3289)

NSBA's Letter to the House Committee on Education and Labor: January 21, 2008
Re: Hearing on Investing in Early Education: Paths to Improving Childrens' Success

 
 
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