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This briefing highlighted innovative and exciting efforts in AIAN communities to prevent disparities in early learning experiences and outcomes for infants and toddlers.

The goals of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Program (RTT-ELC) are to: 1) support states in building and maintaining high-quality early care and education systems that fully support the highest needs children aged birth to age five, and 2) make sure that the successes and lessons learned from RTT-ELC grantee states are spread across all states. This second goal drives the 50-state Technical Assistance (TA) strategy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) 50-state Technical Assistance strategy (which is done in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education) lays out the vision for how a comprehensive and coordinated system of high-quality early childhood programs, practice, and public policies should look moving forward.

ELCPI Assessment

December 5, 2016

This report explores how career pathways can offer an effective approach to address some of these challenges and support the current and evolving landscape of the ECE sector and its most disadvantaged professionals. Comprehensive and flexible education and training programs can make it easier for individuals to acquire industry-recognized credentials and higher education degrees to advance on a career trajectory. Effective career pathways approaches can also better serve workers that may experience significant barriers to education and employment advancement (i.e., low-skilled adults, and adults with limited English proficiency).

This brief summarizes critical workforce knowledge and competencies to effective education practices in early childhood settings while organizing the discussion of knowledge and competencies into two distinct groups. The first is foundational knowledge, essential to work with young children, and the second is specialized knowledge and competencies needed to provide young children with high quality learning experiences. Both the foundational and specialized knowledge and competencies are drawn from existing research on child development as well as national and state expectations for teachers of young children.

This report discusses the importance of supporting the early learning workforce – nearly a totality of whom are women – not only to improve the quality of early learning programs, but also to ensure fair pay so that they can support their own families.

This document summarizes the Federal policy recommendations released in December 2014, and profiles innovative policies and workforce supports adopted by States and local leaders around the country who are leading the way by proactively addressing expulsion and suspension in early childhood settings.

This document discusses how the the social-emotional and behavioral health of young children is a critical aspect of development, and is robustly associated with school readiness and achievement, social relationships with peers and others, and even long-term health outcomes later in life.

This document describes the Early Childhood State Advisory Councils status report of 2013

The purpose of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program is to improve the quality of early learning and development and close the achievement gap for children with high needs. The RTT-ELC grant competition focuses on improving early learning and development for young children by supporting States' efforts to increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers enrolled in high-quality early learning and development programs; and designing and implementing an integrated system of high-quality early learning and development programs and services.

GAO Executive Summary

December 12, 2016

This executive summary details how a large body of research demonstrates that high-quality early learning experiences – healthy and safe environments, nurturing relationships with program staff, developmentally appropriate and rich curricula, and supportive services that foster learning and development – are critical to setting a strong foundation for children’s success in school and life. Children in high-quality programs, especially children from low-income families, show greater readiness for school and development of skills needed for lifelong success. Affordable, high-quality early learning programs make it more likely that families will be able to work. Economists have found that high-quality early learning programs have a high return for the public investment, with savings resulting from improved educational outcomes, fewer placements in special education, increased labor productivity, and reduced criminal activity.