Child Care Regulations Play Catch-up

One step forward, one step back. So goes system building. On May 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced proposed regulatory changes to “better ensure children’s health and safety in child care and promote school readiness.” Almost exactly a month after Jonathan Cohn exposed “The Hell of American Day Care,” joining a growing, and most welcome, number of ECE muckrakers. And ruffling the feathers, one can only imagine, of DHHS chief Kathleen Sebelius, who is nothing if not child- and family-friendly. Here’s her statement, the language carefully crafted to address the uptick . . . Read full article →

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A State of Emergency for ECE

“April is the cruellest month.” (T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land)

On the 18th, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan took to the bully pulpit of Washington’s hometown newspaper to proclaim ECE “the sure path to the middle class.” He concluded his sermon with the following words:

Can we replicate what works? We can, and we must. If the United States is to remain a global economic leader, high-quality preschool must become the norm. The moral case is compelling, too. As President Obama has said, every child should have the opportunity, through hard work, to join the middle class. . . . Read full article →

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