Increasing the Impact of Federal and State Investments in Early Childhood Education

Access to high-quality early childhood education is linked to significant improvements in children’s long-term educational and economic outcomes. That’s why it’s good news that enrollment in early learning programs is growing, and to some extent so too is federal investment in these programs. The potential gains from federal early childhood investments can more readily be realized by improving how the federal government manages and supports its investment in these programs.

A new Center for American Progress report details the changes we need and provides suggestions for how to successfully implement them. These reforms include coordinating state standards for early learning programs, investing in learning assessment systems matched to those standards, improving opportunities for professional development among early learning instructors, and promoting strategies to boost early learning outcomes of children whose first language is not English, all with an eye to increasing the overall quality of our nation’s investments in early childhood. These and other changes proposed hold the potential to significantly increase the efficiency and efficacy of federal early childhood education programs and can help ensure that more American children receive the high-quality early interventions they need.

Introductory Remarks:
Cynthia Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Keynote speaker:
Cecilia Muñoz, Director, Domestic Policy Council

Featured panelists:
Carol Brunson Day, President, Brunson Phillips & Day Inc.; former President and CEO, National Black Child Development Institute
Harriet Dichter, Vice President, National Policy at Ounce of Prevention Fund
Sharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Columbia University

Moderated by:
Phyllis Glink, Executive Director, Irving Harris Foundation

Closing Remarks:
Donna Cooper, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Location

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005