Policy Change: How to Make it Happen II

This past fall, as the nation’s 56 million children were heading back to school, Nobel-Prize-winning economist James Heckman wrote a letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Reform. His question: What’s the best way to develop human capital to increase workforce capability, enhance productivity and social cohesion, and assure America’s economic competitiveness in the global economy? His answer: Invest in comprehensive early childhood development and education, from birth to age five, especially for our most vulnerable children and families.

Today, November 15, Congress is returning to Washington, and the time is running . . . Read full article →

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Policy Change: How to Make it Happen

In Anaheim last week, NAEYC’s national conference offered a number of great opportunities for discovering your inner policy wonk. Here’s one that hit me right where I live—in the land where practice meets policy.

Early Wednesday morning, I joined a sizable group of ECE practitioners from across the country (and a lone person from Singapore) for “Using Your Program as a Platform for Policy Change.” Margie Wallen and Brandy Lawrence, of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, along with Mary Jane Chainski and Sarah Mudd, of the Bounce Learning Network, outlined . . . Read full article →

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