C-J Editorial: The smallest students

C-J Column: Investment in early childhood education pays off for all by: Kathryn Whitmore, director of the University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development’s Early Childhood Research Center and Strong Start KY member

C-J Column: Helping children succeed is not a numbers game by: Helen Carroll, interim president of United Way of Kentucky and Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Board Member

C-J Column: World of tomorrow inherits children of today by: Joe Tolan, president and CEO of Metro United Way and Janet Masterson, executive director of Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) and Strong Start KY member

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President Obama Highlights Early Childhood Education in State of the Union Address

In the 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama maintained his commitment to support in access to high-quality early childhood programs. He mentioned the phrase “child care” eight times in his speech, making it clear that affordable child care is critical for the modern workforce. “In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality child care more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have —  it’s a must-have. It’s time we stop treading child care as a side issue, or a women’s issues, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.”

Full 2015 State of the Union Address

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First Five Years Fund Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for Early Education

A poll released in July 2014, found that 71 percent of voters support greater federal investments in early childhood education. In a release by the Fund, Kevin Madden, senior advisor for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign stated, “Early childhood education is one of those rare issues that transcend partisanship. There is a durable consensus of support for early learning, by governors and mayors, as well as law enforcement officials and business leaders, because it has an impact on the communities where these investments are made.”

Full release and poll results.

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Study of North Carolina’s Early Childhood Initiatives Shows Reduction in Special Education Placements in Third Grade

The study examined the community-wide effects of investments in two early childhood initiatives in North Carolina (Smart Start and More at Four) on the likelihood a student would be place into special education. The study then analyzed the impact of the two programs to identify their effects on third-grade outcomes. The programs were found to significantly reduce the likelihood of special education placement in the third grade and benefited students academically, resulting in considerable cost savings to the state. The study was published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (2015).

Read more here.

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Excerpted from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
13 Things that Business Can Do to Support Early Childhood Education

Several studies have shown the return on investment that early learning programs can bring to communities. From the number of people employed to the supports provided to working parents to the long-term benefits for children who attend high-quality programs, early learning policies should be considered with the economic development plans. As you engage with other leaders across Kentucky to plan for the future, encourage including early childhood in strategic plans for economic development.

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Thank you for the generous support of United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

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