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Your Partner in the Early Years



A  rundown of the news  and information affecting 0-5 policy and partners in the early years.



Pre-K, the Great Debate




Against all odds, prekindergarten is gaining ground.


President Obama called again in his State of the Union address for Congress to support high-quality preschool for all, noting that 30 states are already moving ahead on this front (including New York).


“Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education,” Obama said. The House speaker, John Boehner, who sat stonily through most of Obama’s speech, applauded that line. Congress also unexpectedly increased financing this year for early education.



California lawmakers want transitional kindergarten to cover all 4-year-olds




California lawmakers have embraced the idea of allowing every 4-year-old in the state to attend pre-kindergarten classes, greatly expanding a much smaller program to make what would be the most comprehensive pre-kindergarten curriculum in the country.




Mayor Lee Outlines Bold 2014 Agenda in State of the City Address




Mayor Edwin M. Lee today delivered his 2014 State of the City Address at the construction site of Lennar Urban’s The Shipyard under construction in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Joined by civic, labor, business and community leaders, Mayor Lee outlined his bold agenda for San Francisco’s continuing recovery and success with investments in jobs, housing, transportation and education in his second State of the City Address.




Early-Education Advocates Welcome Fresh Federal Infusion




Pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 3 could end up being particular beneficiaries of the $1 billion boost that early-childhood education received in the recently approved federal spending bill, signed into law by President Barack Obama Jan. 17.