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.
As Egypt heads into the second round of its presidential elections later in June, the country remains in the midst of a number of political, security, and economic transitions. How should the United States adapt its policies in light of the major changes Egypt is experiencing?
Please join the Center for American Progress for a program on Tuesday, June 5, from noon to 2 p.m. to discuss the full range of security, political, diplomatic, and economic challenges linked to Egypt’s transitions. The first part of the program will include an in-depth discussion with Ambassador Frank Wisner, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt. The second panel will discuss the economic and security policy challenges in Egypt along with two policy papers the Center for American Progress is releasing on Egypt.
Madeleine M. Kunin traces the starts and stops of the feminist movement over the last 50 years and plots a course for the future of the feminist movement in her new book The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family. The first female Governor of Vermont, Kunin argues that despite the transformative changes in work and home life that feminists achieved in the 1960s-70s, many social assumptions have remained rigid – from the lack of paid family leave for working single mothers, to marginal female representation on corporate boards – to the point where the United States now lags behind far behind other countries in gender equity. She underscores the pressing need to for a movement that demands support for working women in every sector, issuing a timely critique on the recent, regressive dialogue about women in society.
The rise of 21st century learners who are highly mobile and who have gained knowledge and skills from multiple institutions and practical experiences is highlighting the value of a form of learning and credentialing called competency-based education. In many cases, higher education institutions design programs around competencies as a way to ensure quality and to communicate what their graduates are expected to know. In these programs, students can progress toward a degree by demonstrating required competencies, regardless of how they acquire their knowledge and skills.
Competency-based education is taking many forms, from entire institutions based on measuring competencies after learning experiences to digital badges and emerging software tools for measuring discrete skills. Policymakers must wrestle with complex issues as this form of education moves into the mainstream of higher education. What is the standard for learning outcomes? What assessments validate learning? How should education be paid for if competency measurements allow for non time-based education?
Join the Center for American Progress and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, along with leaders from institutions pioneering competency-based higher education, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of this educational model.
Framing the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue: A Conversation with Ambassadors Nirupama Rao and Nancy Powell
Please join the Center for American Progress, the U.S. Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, and the Indian Ambassador to the United States, Nirupama Rao, for a candid discussion concerning the issues to be addressed in the upcoming U.S./India Strategic Dialogue. This will be the first time the two Ambassadors will take the stage together, and share their views about the challenges and opportunities in this critical bilateral relationship.
The Strategic Dialogue is a critical forum to make progress on the key economic, security and diplomatic issues facing our two countries. The growth of India as a key global stakeholder has made the U.S.-India partnership one of the most important relationships of the 21st century, and much hinges on both nations making continued progress on their shared goals and objectives. We hope you can join us as these two senior diplomats from each nation share their crucial insights on the road ahead for the U.S. and India.
In his provocative new book, Peter Edelman, a former top aide to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and a lifelong antipoverty advocate, offers an informed analysis of how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. So Rich, So Poor delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood.
Join Mr. Edelman as he discusses his book at the Center for American Progress.
Copies of So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America (The New Press) will be available for purchase at the event.
Administrative costs in the U.S. health care system consume an estimated $361 billion annually – 14 percent of total health care expenditures. At least half of this spending has been estimated to be wasteful. In an era of budget deficits and rising health care costs, the case for reducing administrative complexity is compelling: successful efforts can result in significant financial savings while simultaneously improving system performance indicators and the quality of care.
In a report to be released at the event, authors David Cutler, Peter Basch, and Beth Wikler make specific recommendations to cut administrative costs significantly, saving $40 billion a year. Key stakeholders—leaders of the health insurance industry and physicians—will discuss these recommendations. Please join the Center for American Progress for the release of this paper, a discussion of these issues and more.
Timothy Noah, in his new book, The Great Divergence, discusses how America has steadily become a nation of haves and have-nots in the past three decades. Our incomes are increasingly drastically unequal: The top 1 percent of Americans collect almost 20 percent of the nation’s income—more than double their share in 1973. We have less equality of income than Venezuela, Kenya, or Yemen. The income gap has been blamed on everything from computers to immigration, but its causes and consequences call for a patient, nonpartisan exploration. In The Great Divergence, Timothy Noah delivers this urgently needed inquiry, ignoring political rhetoric and drawing on the best work of contemporary researchers to peer beyond conventional wisdom. Noah explains not only how the Great Divergence has come about, but why it threatens American democracy—and most important, how we can begin to reverse it.
Religious liberty is a treasured American value that has become highly contentious over the past several months. From marriage equality to contraception and other issues, conflicts are raging over whether there is a war on religion, the nature and limits of religious liberty in a pluralistic democracy, and how we have handled difficult issues in the past. Please join our panel of religious, policy, and legal experts to explore what religious liberty is—and isn’t—in America today.
The Center for American Progress invites you to join our panel of experts for a lively and informative conversation.
Recent economic reports out of Europe have been grim. The United Kingdom has dipped back into recession and growth appears to be stalled across the continent. Is this the result of austerity?
Here at home, states across the country have slashed government spending, laying off hundreds of thousands of public-sector workers. The federal government has also begun pulling back. But these actions have raised more questions: Is all this austerity holding down our economy, or is there a better approach?
Please join the Center for American Progress for an event that will delve into these issues and seek to answer the fundamental question: Is austerity working?
The Great Recession rapidly accelerated long-term challenges facing American workers who lack human capital such as education, skills, and peer and professional networks. In a new report, CAP's Louis Soares and Stephen Steigleder propose a plan to overhaul and reform the workforce training system. The plan drastically simplifies the workforce system in an effort to highlight its most important mission—human capital development.
Please join the Center for American Progress and leaders from the workforce development community to discuss the opportunities and challenges of reforming the U.S. workforce system.
Behind every product we use, every light we plug in, every shower we take, there is a distance that has been traveled, and a story that can be shared. What would you walk 500 miles for? Dance Exchange Artistic Director Cassie Meador recently completed a 500-mile self-powered physical journey to explore the sources of energy that power her home in Washington, D.C.
Please join the Center for American Progress and Dance Exchange for a lunchtime discussion to explore how this journey will inform Meador’s creative process as she builds the dance work, "How To Lose a Mountain," to premiere in Spring 2013; and how energy resources and technologies in the United States are developed, maintained and modified. Dance, culture, and energy policy intersect in this hour-long event that will include video and still images from Cassie's walk, and short performance selections by Dance Exchange. This event is part of the Center for American Progress American Idea Project.
Michael Lind, in his new book, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States, provides a groundbreaking account of how a weak collection of former British colonies became an industrial, financial, and military colossus. From the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, the American economy has been transformed by wave after wave of emerging technology: the steam engine, electricity, the internal combustion engine, computer technology. Yet technology-driven change leads to growing misalignment between an innovative economy and anachronistic legal and political structures until the gap is closed by the modernization of America's institutions—often amid upheavals such as the Civil War and Reconstruction and the Great Depression and World War II.
When the U.S. economy has flourished, Lind argues, government and business, labor and universities, have worked together as partners in a never-ending project of economic nation building. As the United States struggles to emerge from the Great Recession, Land of Promise demonstrates that Americans, since the earliest days of the republic, have reinvented the American economy—and have the power to do so again.
Passed in 1972, Title IX has dramatically impacted the participation of women in high school and collegiate athletics and beyond, with thousands of women now able to benefit from the opportunities that the law provides. From scholarships and increased presence on campuses to learning new physical and leadership skills, Title IX has allowed women to have a more equitable share of the American Dream. But what does the future hold for Title IX in an era of decreased funding levels for athletic departments, and how will this impact women both on and off the field?
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on the history and future of Title IX. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a former collegiate athlete herself, will give a keynote address, followed by a panel that includes Title IX experts and Olympic medalists alike.