Early Childhood

Young toddler being held as he walks on grass.

Let’s Move Child Care Celebrates Third Anniversary!

Let’s Move! Child Care is a voluntary initiative to empower early care and education to instill healthy choices from the start.

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The Way Forward: ACF Research with American Indians and Alaska Natives

Recent meeting highlighted research, performance measurement and evaluation activities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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OCC reflects on Provider Appreciation Day 2014

Expressing our gratitude for our early care and education workforce and the impact they have on our families.

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The President’s Early Learning Initiative Takes the Next Steps

This is truly a historic time for early childhood education at the federal level.

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The Value of Our Early Education Workforce: On Worthy Wage Day 2014

Office of Child Care Director Shannon Rudisill reflects on how the President’s Early Learning Agenda would raise wages for the two million-person early childhood education.

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"I Want to be a Dinosaur"

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow writes about the great work being done in Baltimore to help the homeless. 

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Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Celebrate Your Child's Milestones

Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month: Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have partnered to launch a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families and the providers who care for them. 

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INQUIRE Data Toolkit: A Roadmap for Collecting Data to Improve Early Care and Education Systems

New toolkit supports state and local efforts to build strong data infrastructure for initiatives designed to measure, monitor and promote high-quality early care and education.

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Child Care spelled out in children's blocks.

Lessons Learned from the State Advisory Councils’ Needs Assessments

States conducted a statewide review on the quality and availability of child care in their communities.

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Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Must Start Early

Quality early care and education programs can positively affect later health outcomes.

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