President Obama Supports Early Learning
The National Women's Law Center announced that President Obama will host an early learning summit this Wednesday at the White House. The event will bring together elected officials, community leaders, and advocates to support investments in high-quality early learning opportunities for young children.
This summit is an important step in bringing attention to the importance of early learning. Advocates across the country are forming watch parties to witness this historic moment, and I encourage you to join us by tuning into the live stream of the event between 10:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 10 at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
The research is overwhelmingly clear. High-quality early childhood education programs provide a huge return on investment. They're good for children, good for families and good for the economy.
All your hard work over the past year has generated tremendous excitement about early learning — and resulted in significant progress in states and communities across the country. The White House summit will bring much-needed attention to this issue and will be the start of efforts over the coming year to encourage even further progress and greater investments in early learning.
Generations United's Seniors4Kids raises the voices of adults age 50 and older in support of policies affecting children and youth.
Since 2005, Generations United has worked to raise the voices of older adults in support of policies benefiting children and youth through Seniors4Kids. Over the years, we have worked with community leaders and grassroots volunteers in six states to increase the availability of high-quality early care and education. In New York, we helped spur the New York State Department of Education to allocate $4 million from its Race to the Top grant to support QUALITYstarsNY implementation in lowest-achieving districts including Yonkers and Rochester. Beginning in 2014, Seniors4Kids is focusing on significantly building the national voice of older adults as advocates for early investments in children. Contact Yvonne Friend
for more information.
Re-authorization of key national policies like the Child Care and Development Block Grant
, Elementary and Secondary Education Act
, HeadStart and others will have significant impact on resources available to children and their families. There's never been a better time to harness the power of older adults advocating for children an focus those efforts at the federal level.