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Secretary Duncan Calls for Investments in Early Education at Congressional Hearing
At a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies last Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan provided testimony in support of the Administration's education budget priorities for fiscal year 2016. Secretary Duncan called on Congress to approve new investments in high-quality early education and child care. Duncan testified that these investments are critical to our continued national and economic security. At the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) also made statements on the importance of early childhood education. Click here to view Secretary Duncan's testimony.
ON THE HILL
ESEA Early Education Day of Action a Success
Thank you to all who participated in last week's Day of Action urging Congress to include early childhood education in legislation to reauthorize the nation's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Parents, educators and advocates from across the nation took Capitol Hill by storm with calls, emails and Tweets, expressing overwhelming support for a dedicated funding stream for early learning. FFYF has compiled the highlights of Thursday's Twitter activity: Read more at ffyf.org.
DON'T MISS
New York Times Features Voluntary Home Visiting Programs Funded Through Affordable Care Act
Monday's edition of the New York Times highlighted the work of the Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based home visiting program serving vulnerable low-income families in Memphis, TN. The article features the program's work to reduce infant mortality, child abuse and neglect. Read more
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""The fact that we don't lead the world in providing access to high-quality early learning opportunities doesn't make sense. Outside of Washington, this has become an unbelievably bipartisan issue. Ffrom the Left to Governor Abbot in Texas just last week, his first priority -- a strong conservative governor -- his first priority is increasing early childhood education. It's beautiful. That's music to my ears. And so we just have to get folks here in Washington to listen to what's going on back home."
        
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
March 4, 2015
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