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50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty this Month

Jan. 8, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s famous declaration of “War on Poverty.” In the last 50 years, the American economy has suffered and survived many crippling recessions, including the most recent in 2007-2009. In 1969, five years after the beginning of the War on Poverty, 13.7 percent of Americans were poor. In 2012 the official poverty rate was 15.0 percent. … more

Early Learning Bills Introduced in the House and the Senate

The following post was written by Monica Bandy, education policy analyst for the Alliance for Children and Families Public Policy Office. She is a graduate student and a former Head Start teacher, who has been closely monitoring proposed early childhood education reform. … more

Colorado Amendment 66 Attempts to Increase School Quality, Voters Not On Board with Changing Tax System

The following post was written by Monica Bandy, education policy analyst for the Alliance for Children and Families Public Policy Office. She is a graduate student and a former Head Start teacher who has been closely monitoring proposed early childhood education reform. … more

Parental Involvement and the Parent Trigger Law

The following post was written by Monica Bandy, summer intern for the Alliance for Children and Families Public Policy Office. She is a graduate student and a former Head Start teacher who has been closely monitoring proposed early childhood education reform this summer. … more

Most of a Child's Brain Development Occurs Before Kindergarten

The following post was written by Monica Bandy, summer intern for the Alliance for Children and Families Public Policy Office. She is a graduate student and a former Head Start teacher, who has been closely monitoring proposed early childhood education reform this summer.

“When it comes to brain circuitry, it’s better to get it right the first time than to try to fix it later” —Dr. Shonkoff

Watch Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, director for the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, highlight the importance of the early years on brain development. … more

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