Early Childhood Education

Supporting and Investing in our Nation's Young Children

The early years of a child’s development are critical to ensuring their future success. Investing in high-quality early learning generates long-term economic growth by improving health, education, and workforce outcomes while preventing costly interventions later in life. In 2015, attendees in the Early Childhood Education Working Group will develop cross-sector partnerships and identify approaches that increase access to high-quality education and skills development for America’s young children.

2015 Subtopics

Developing Future Leaders

Access to quality skills development at an early age supports a stronger future workforce. Attendees will explore opportunities to ensure children have the cognition, creativity, and healthy living they need to be developmentally prepared later in life.

Supporting Children by Empowering Families

Supporting the entire ecosystem of a child, from home to school, is crucial for strong educational outcomes. Attendees will analyze early learning through a two-generation approach—focusing on children and caregivers—and develop strategies to equip families with the necessary support to create an engaging learning environment.

A Culturally Responsive Early Learning Workforce

Strengthening the early learning workforce is critical to securing high-quality learning opportunities for young children. Attendees will discuss how to build a workforce that includes talent pipelines and culturally competent professional development opportunities.

Innovative Funding and Technology Solutions

Many actors in the early childhood field experience common challenges, such as funding and technology advancements. Attendees will share past commitment experiences and best practices to workshop stronger Commitments to Action.

Innovative Commitments

First Book’s Stories For All—Launching Diversity Content

By: First Book
In 2013, First Book committed to curate and distribute Special Diversity Collections of new and culturally relevant content, stimulating the creation of new content by authors and illustrators from and for underserved populations. Through this commitment, over 1.3 million books will be distributed and 30,000 educators will be given permanent access to First Book’s ongoing supply of highest-quality resources.The first phase of the commitment has been completed, which included the registration of 35,000 additional U.S. programs serving children in need and the distribution of 270,000 new culturally-relevant books to schools and programs targeting under-served Latino children.

Early Learning Ventures Alliances

By: Early Learning Ventures
In 2013, Early Learning Ventures committed to establish and expand statewide networks of Early Learning Ventures (ELV) Alliances. Each ELV Alliance includes approximately 100 early child care and education small businesses that share technology and support services that strengthen financial and operational performance. The commitment allowed for more time and money to be dedicated to the delivery of high-quality early childcare and education.

Refugee Child Care Microenterprise Development

By: Child Care Aware of America
Partners: International Rescue Committee; Prince George’s Child Resource Center
In 2014, Child Care Aware of America and its partners committed to expand their work to help refugee women open child care businesses in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Child Care Aware of America provided 45 refugee women with 40 hours of child development training, CPR/first aid training, and child care business development training.

Museums for All

By: Association of Children’s Museums
Partners: Institute of Museum and Library Services

In 2014, the Association of Children’s Museums and its partner committed to launch Museums for All, a program that encourages low-income families to visit children’s museums regularly and build lifelong interest in museums. Museums for All will enable low-income families to visit any participating museum year-round for a minimal fee. The pilot will engage 130 children’s museums across the United States.

Voices from the Meeting

Nancy Rosenow
Executive Director
Dimensions Educational Research Foundation/Nature Explore

Nancy Rosenow, a participant in the 2014 Early Childhood Education Working Group, describes the tangible impact that outdoor classrooms can have on children’s healthy development. Read her story.

Featured Past Participants

American Academy of Pediatrics
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
LEGO Education
McKinsey & Company
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
New Profit Inc.
Rosetta Stone
Save the Children
Scholastic Inc.
Teach For America
The Walton Family Foundation
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services