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The Promise of Opportunity

The Birth to Five Policy Alliance works to fulfill the American promise of opportunity for all. Forty-two percent of our nation’s children under 6 live in low-income families and the “opportunity gap” is rooted in these very early years. The Alliance’s goal is to shift the odds for our youngest, most vulnerable children so they can grow up eager to learn and ready for success in life. Click here to learn more about the work supported by the Birth to Five Policy Alliance.


Study: Many Child Care Centers Low-Quality

July 3, 2010 — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A new assessment of the child care quality in Georgia indicates that most young children are attending centers that don’t offer the environment they need to develop.

Sandbox Party Sets Sight on Early Education Funding

July 2, 2010 — Lansing State Journal

A group of lawmakers, early childhood professionals and parents have teamed up to increase funding for high quality early childhood programs in Michigan.

Federal Home Visiting Webinar

June 17, 2010 2:00-3:00

This webinar hosted by HRSA and ACF will provide an overview of the new Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and a walk-through of the first FOA that was recently released. Click the link below for more information and to register for this event.

2010 National Summit: 4th Annual State Professional Development Leadership Team Work Day

June 5, 2010 — Phoenix, Arizona
The annual National Summit of States is an intensive work day designed for state leaders working to build and enhance policies for early childhood professional development and career systems. The summits include interactive peer-to-peer discussions with a variety of national experts serving as resources to state leadership teams.

What's New from the Alliance
A Guide for State Home Visiting Grant Applications

A new guide is available from Child Trends to help states apply for federal home visiting grants. The guide outlines key steps for completing the grant application process and provides national and state-level data useful to applicants conducting needs assessments, identifying high-risk populations, and selecting and measuring benchmarks.

A Review of School Readiness Practices in the States

A new Child Trends brief provides an overview of state Early Learning Guidelines and efforts to monitor statewide school readiness across multiple domains of development and outlines key policy considerations for supporting and tracking school readiness at the state level.

Compendium of Quality Rating Systems and Evaluations

This report is the first product of the QRS Assessment project and provides detailed information on 26 QRS nationwide and comparison tables to facilitate review across states and individual profiles on the 26 state systems reviewed.

A Review of School Readiness Practices in the States: Early Learning Guidelines and Assessments

Research on the importance of the early childhood years has compelled states to support children’s school readiness. This brief provides an overview of states’ Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs) for children age birth to five and current statewide school readiness assessment practices.



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