President Obama’s FY2017 Budget Prioritizes Early Childhood Programs

Today the White House released President Obama’s FY2017 budget request to Congress, and it includes a substantial investment in quality early care and education.   The proposal includes roughly $19.5 billion for early childhood programs! This comes on the heels of significant congressional action on early childhood education, including historic support for early learning in […]

NYT Article: Help Families From Day 1

Claire Huntington, author of “Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships” and a law professor at Fordham, writes in the New York Times Op-Ed pages about the various legal and economic changes that need to occur to help support families with young children. Read the Article  

Early Childhood and Human Capital (Washington Post)

Since the 2007-2009 recession, there have been historically high, long-term unemployment rates throughout the nation. Economists, policymakers, and businesspeople have since been pondering the question: how does the nation work to combat this unemployment? Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, presented the Federal Reserve’s plan of action in a speech at […]

New York State of Health: Are You Covered?

New York's new healthcare exchange website, New York State of Health is up and running, and hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have registered. Plans for individuals, organizations and families find insurance are all available. If you don't currently have health insurance, or are looking for a more affordable option, New York State of Health is […]

New York Times Article: “Lifelines for Poor Children” by James J. Heckman

In this dynamic article, Heckman reinforces the value of a high quality early education programs and spouts data from both the Perry Preschool Project and the Carolina Abecedarian Project to enhance his arguments of the validity and efficacy of investing in effective early childhood development as a means of economic and social equalizers. Put simply, […]

From ReadyNation: STEM and Early Childhood has posted a new brief about the importance of quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) preparation in the early years. Visit or Download the PDF of the brief Then make sure to come back and let us know your thoughts on STEM in early childhood. How do you support these areas in […]

The New York Times Asks: Is Public Preschool a Smart Investment?

I think you know what PDI's answer would be! Read voices from select contributors on the New York Times:

Sherry Cleary interview with a focus on ECE and QUALITYStarsNY

PDI’s Executive Director, Sherry Cleary, spoke with Susan Arbetter on a recent edition of “Capitol Pressroom,” a radio program broadcast on WCNY. Their discussion (click here to hear it!) about early childhood and QUALITYstarsNY might interest you.

New York State Enters Race for $100 Million Early Learning Challenge Grant

Read Governor Cuomo’s announcement about New York State’s proposal for the Early Learning Challenge, a competitive grant to increase access to quality early learning programs.

Great Infographic Illustrates Impact of Recession on Children

The Citizens’ Committee for Children put together this eye-catching and informative infographic illustrating the impact that the recession has had on New York City, and particularly New York City’s Children. Among the sobering statistics pictured on the image: “- 1 in 3 New York City children (or 523,000 children) now lives in poverty.