EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Investing in Smart from the Start
Early Childhood Education (ECE) has proven to be a smart investment in our children’s future, resulting in greater success in school, improved academic achievement and high school graduation rates. Investing in young children is an important strategy that can result in long term health and learning and prevent costly interventions later in life. The Early Childhood Education Working Group will take action to improve access to high-quality early childhood programs, better supports for families, increased access to high quality classroom materials, digital learning supports, and professional development for teachers, while scaling effective models to provide with a greater chance for success in society.
Transformative Early Childhood Systems Leveraging public investments and identifying best practices and evidence-based models can illuminate opportunities for individuals and organizations to take action by bridging funding gaps and scaling quality programs to reach the most vulnerable children and their families.
Tools and Technology In the age of tablets and smartphones, what is the most appropriate use of new of technology for young children? How can it enhance learning experiences for parents and broaden opportunities for professional development for early childhood educators?
Professional Development Increasing opportunities for professional development for early childhood educators and supporting the needs of working families will lead to better outcomes for children.
Diverse Families The changing demographics of our country necessitate new pathways to increase the likelihood that the developmental needs of all children can be met. A culturally sensitive and responsive early learning workforce and more intentional efforts to meaningfully engage parents from diverse backgrounds will support their children’s healthy development and education.