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Harvard's Center on the Developing Child
April 1, 2024
After 18 years at the helm, Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., has decided to step down as Center Director at the end of June to dedicate all his time to an external, field facing agenda. Jack is not retiring—in his new role as Founding Director, he will remain an active member of Harvard’s faculty and double down on a portfolio of work that remains aligned with the Center’s core mission. He will focus his...

Early Learning Nation
By Mark Swartz
March 26, 2024
Ellen Galinsky’s The Breakthrough Years is the product of nearly a decade of exploration into the adolescent mind. A companion piece to Galinsky’s previous landmark book, Mind in the Making, which addresses early childhood development, it reaches a surprising conclusion about adolescence. Rather than an ordeal of sullenness and rule-breaking, it is a process of exploration necessary for human development. In other words, don’t fear the teens in your life. Instead, prepare to be dazzled...

Capita
By Elliot Haspel
March 20, 2024
Last week, the Massachusetts Senate made significant strides in prioritizing the betterment of children and families by passing a major child care bill, S.2697. If enacted into law, this legislation would be another step in reshaping the state's child care landscape, setting a course for others to learn from. The bill also includes arguably the strongest guardrails against undue profit-seeking behavior by large corporate for-profit chains ever seen in the United States. This legislative language may...

Alabama Daily News
By Alexander Willis
March 17, 2024
Leadership Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama announced the launch of a new initiative Friday that it says will not only streamline access to child care for its employees, but provide a monthly stipend. The new initiative was born out of a new partnership between Hyundai and TOOTRiS, a child care technology platform that connects employers with child care providers. Providing access to child care for workers in today’s world, argued Reggie Williams, senior manager of human...

March 7, 2024
The Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation is please to announce Ellen Galinsky's new book, The Breakthrough Years, out on March 26th. The book provides a paradigm-shifting, yet practical, understanding of adolescence. Click the image above to pre-order/order your copy!...

Alabama Political Reporter
By Jacob Holmes
February 28, 2024
A collaborative partnership involving the Alabama Partnership for Children, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance, and VOICES for Alabama’s Children unveiled the Alabama Child Care Roadmap Tuesday, a strategic plan of recommendations for addressing six core areas of the intensifying challenges facing child care providers, families, children and employers and the overall child care shortage in Alabama. “The gap in child care coverage for children under age 6 is at 40 percent, which is higher than...

Business Insider
By Jacob Zinkula
February 27, 2024
If you're having a hard time affording childcare, you're not alone. The United States has one of the most expensive childcare systems in the world. That was among the key findings of a new Bank of America report released on February 22, which analyzed how high childcare costs could slow the growth of women in the US workforce. Using data from the OECD, an international economic coalition of 38 countries, Bank of America estimated the average childcare...

The New York Times
By Troy Closson
February 27, 2024
In Brooklyn Heights, a couple that wanted to have a second child is reconsidering, anxious over crushing child care expenses and cutbacks to prekindergarten programs. In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, a mother may move to a more expensive neighborhood nearby where she would be more likely to receive no-cost child care when her daughter turned 3. And in Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan, a mother who lost her job worries about what the future might hold if...

AP News
By Bruce Schreiner
February 27, 2024
An ambitious measure to expand early childhood education in Kentucky passed an early test Tuesday, winning broad support from a legislative panel as lawmakers look for ways to relieve parental stress by increasing access to childcare. The proposal cleared the Senate Families and Children Committee on a 9-1 vote. The legislation still has several hurdles to clear in the final weeks of this year’s 60-day legislative session. In promoting his bill Tuesday, Republican Sen. Danny Carroll recounted...

Business Insider
By Jacob Zinkula
February 27, 2024
If you're having a hard time affording childcare, you're not alone. The United States has one of the most expensive childcare systems in the world. That was among the key findings of a new Bank of America report released on February 22, which analyzed how high childcare costs could slow the growth of women in the US workforce. Using data from the OECD, an international economic coalition of 38 countries, Bank of America estimated the average childcare...

Alliance for Early Success
By Helene Stebbins
February 20, 2024
In 2023, I had the honor of engaging in passionate debates and honest exchanges as part of the Convergence Collaborative on Supports for Working Families—a group of 32 leaders representing different political, ideological, and industry perspectives—that culminated in a rare breakthrough on these issues. Despite our differences, we were united in a belief that government, businesses, and communities can and should do more to help families flourish. The result of our work, In This...

La Cruces Sun News
By Ernesto Cisneros
February 20, 2024
Childcare workers who want to start a business from home can now take advantage of a free eight-week online training program that is being offered through the Wonderschool Academy in collaboration with the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (NMECED). The deadline to sign-up is fast approaching. According to a news release, the program offers the chance to learn how to start and maintain a childcare business from home. Participants...

WyoFile
By Katie Klingsporn
February 19, 2024
Kendra West walked briskly through corridors of the newly expanded child development center she helms, opening classroom door after classroom door. As she proceeded, the pupils graduated from infants on a colorful mat to toddlers making paper crafts to preschool students building skills for kindergarten. She paused outside a classroom of kids mostly under 2, watching a pair of teachers easily wrangle the toddlers to their seats for an art project. “I have an amazing staff,”...

Forbes
By Tracy Brower, PhD
February 19, 2024
Significant numbers of parents don’t have adequate childcare today—and it’s getting in the way of performance, retention, happiness and fulfillment. These are negative impacts for parents and families, but also for businesses. The problem goes beyond parents to organizations because without adequate childcare, parents (most frequently mothers) are leaving the workforce, pausing their careers and limiting their contributions—forced to choose between work and family priorities. The reality of the talent shortage means companies must be intentional...

The New York Times
By Nikolas Kristof
February 4, 2024
An early child care program modeled after the one that exists in the U.S. military. If our armed forces can operate a child care program with fees based on ability to pay, then the rest of the country can as well. A government-supported early childhood program rescues parents and kids alike. Roughly one child in six is living with a parent who misused drugs in the last year, and some of these children...

The New York Times
By Claire Cain Miller, Alicia Parlapiano and Margot Sanger-Katz
January 30, 2024
At a time when congressional Democrats and Republicans seem unable to agree on almost anything, they may soon enact an expanded child tax credit, which gives money to parents. The credit, a rare family policy that has support from both parties, is part of a $78 billion tax package that passed the House on Wednesday night with a large bipartisan tally, 357 to 70. It is not guaranteed...

EdSurge
By Emily Tate Sullivan
January 30, 2024
Last month, business leaders and child care advocates from a handful of states convened on Zoom. Representing Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia, they had come together to discuss a new child care model, called “Tri-Share,” that has gained traction across the country, including in their respective regions. The cost-sharing model, in which the state government, the employer and the employee each pay for one-third of the cost of child care, first launched in 2021 in...

Chalkbeat Chicago
By Reema Amin
January 29, 2024
Public preschool has been a lifeline for Kristen Larson. Larson and her husband couldn’t afford private day care for both their daughters, who are 4 and 1. So last fall, when Larson was able to get a preschool seat just four blocks from their Bridgeport home for her 4-year-old, she was relieved. Without that, she said, “I probably would have had to quit my job.” Thousands of Chicago parents like Larson depend on the district’s free public preschool...

Bloomberg
By Alice Kantor, Yuko Takeo, Ella Ceron, Catarina Saraiva, Leonardo Lara, and Abeer Abu Omar
January 27, 2024
Around the world, rising inflation is pushing child care costs up to unprecedented levels. Average day care fees went up 6% in 2023 from the previous year, according to mobility company ECA International, while in the US, costs jumped by 9%. Reversing this trend is key to pulling economies out of recession, promoting growth and creating more equitable societies, but so far, many governments...