Call for Proposals: The Foundation for Child Development’s 2018 Young Scholars Program

Each year the Foundation for Child Development provides research grants to eligible scholars through its Young Scholars Program (YSP). Currently, YSP supports policy and practice-relevant research that focuses on strengthening the early care and education (ECE) workforce to enhance the quality of early learning experiences for young children. All proposed research should focus on the […]

Unequal Access: Barriers to Early Childhood Education for Boys of Color

With election season coming to an end, a topic that both presidential candidates agree on is increasing access to early childhood education for the nation’s youngest citizens. The subject of early care and education has received growing attention over the past decade, but the findings of a recent report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson […]

Stabilizing New York City’s Child Care Services

The Institute is pleased to welcome a guest contributor, Nilesh Patel, the Director of Labor Relations and Mediation Service for the Day Care Council of New York to share some important news about stabilizing New York City's child care services. The Day Care Council of New York (DCCNY) was created in 1949 by child care […]

Early Learning Challenge States Demonstrate Increase in Program Quality Ratings and Enrollment

In 2011, Congress called for proposals for the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant. The purpose of the RTT-ELC Grant was to improve the quality of early learning programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged children enrolled in these programs. Four years […]

New York City’s Early Childhood Mental Health Network

The mental health of New York’s youngest children is of the upmost importance to ensure that they have the ability to thrive and grow in their homes, child care centers, and classrooms and develop into successful adults. In response to the needs of the city’s youngest children and their families, First Lady Chirlane McCray has […]

NYT Letter to the Editor on Accessible Child Care

To the Editor: “The Wages of Child Care” (Business Day, July 13) illuminates the problem: low wages driven by the fact that the burden to pay these wages rests on young families, early in their earning capacity, and grossly inadequate public subsidy rates. The United States needs to make a social policy change by allocating […]

How Does the Early Childhood Profession Support Children Experiencing Homelessness?

Homelessness continues to affect the lives of thousands of young children in New York and across the country. In addition to health and safety concerns, homeless children and youth also face many challenges when seeking access to education. In order to address these barriers, the U.S. Department of Education has recently released guidance to states and school […]

The Administration for Children & Families Announces a New Policy Statement on Early Childhood Career Pathways

Building quality through a well-trained and educated workforce continues to be an important focus of the early childhood field, both at the state level and nationally. Experts agree that developing and retaining a strong early childhood workforce begins with creating clear, research-based career pathways that outline the knowledge and competencies necessary to be a successful […]

Early Learning Career Pathways Initiative: Credentialing in the Early Care and Education Field

Posted on 1 of July, 2016 by in Policy

Evidence for the importance of career pathways and ladders in the early childhood field continues to be produced through academic and policy research. In a new report entitled Early Learning Career Pathways Initiative: Credentialing in the Early Care and Education Field, the authors describe the federal pathways framework used by several agencies and how the […]

Yes, Preschool Works. Let’s Make it Work for More Children

In a recent article in Medium, Kris Perry, Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, discusses the need to move past the debate of whether or not preschool works, and instead focus on innovation, experimentation, and evaluation. Perry argues that research has consistently shown the academic and economic benefits of preschool, especially for disadvantaged […]