New Study Points to Early Childhood Mental Health Consultations as an Important Tool for Addressing Challenging Behavior

New America | Juhi Sharma “Children showed statistically significant improvement in their social and emotional skills after the mental health consultations took place.” As children are returning to in-person learning, challenging behaviors occurrences may arise due to the transition. The transition calls for developmentally appropriate interventions that will better support early childhood educators and their…

Many Spanish-Speaking Immigrant Caregivers Feel Left Out of Child Care Relief Efforts

The Fuller Project | Jessica Washington “Despite the prevalence of FFN caregivers, who are disproportionately women of color, they remain nearly invisible to policymakers, leaving many of them in dire economic straits as more money has moved across the child care infrastructure.” Experts say that Spanish-speaking immigrant communities are more likely to use and prefer…

How California’s New Universal Transitional Kindergarten Program Will Be Rolled Out

EdSource | Karen D’Souza “California has among the largest achievement gaps in the country, and research has shown those gaps are present before children enter kindergarten, so it is imperative that we provide high-quality early learning opportunities for kids.” Californa’s universal transitional kindergarten program will be launching its beginning stages. The state program plans to…

Summit County Receives 2021 Achievement Award for Summit County Pre School Program

Summit County Colorado | Nicole Valentine The National Association of Counties awarded Summit County the 2021 Achievement Award for its preschool program. The Summit County Pre-Kindergarten Program (SPK) also received Best in Category in Children and Youth. The Summit County Pre-Kindergarten Program (SPK) is determined to provide high-quality preschool for all 4-year-old children in Summit…

Can Colleges Help Early Childhood Teachers Go Back to School?

EdSurge| Rebecca Koenig    “A decade from now, if that mission succeeds and that vision becomes reality, there will be high-quality early education available in every part of D.C. There will be more people of color working as lead preschool teachers. There will be more kids ready to thrive in kindergarten.”   In Washington D.C., two…

Which Countries Have the Most Generous Child-Care Policies?

The Economist  “Tiny Luxembourg tops the table. America is among the meanest.”   The Economist has generated a chart that measures and ranks nations based on their child-care policies. The rankings reflect five main categories: Leave, Access, Quality, Affordability, and Overall. The United States places among one of the lowest countries with generous child-care policies. Read…

Connecticut Becomes First State in Nation for Baby Bonds

Early Learning Nation | Bryce Covert “For us to be the first in the nation to tackle generational poverty and advance racial equity with the enactment of CT Baby Bonds is powerful and a testament to our values and our shared belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the American Dream.”   On June…