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Public 4K in South Carolina: An overview of existing programs and considerations for decision makers
Institute for Child Success
May 15, 2013

ICS released its most recent policy brief on May 15th in Columbia, highlighting current programs throughout the state that provide 4K education, and suggesting considerations for state decision makers. 

Expanding Home Visiting Research: New Measures of Success 
Pew Center on the States

The Pew Home Visiting Campaign released a brief that synthesizes key findings from a new body of home visiting research. It explores the importance of program quality and target populations-and the interactions between them-in determining ultimate outcomes for children and families.


News & Tools from Around the Country 
Feds Propose Overhaul for Child Care Centers
ABC News
May 16, 2013

Federal health officials say they will propose to overhaul federally funded child care centers across the country, beefing up safety standards including background and fingerprint checks for employees and requiring states to better monitor the facilities.

Poverty as a Childhood Disease
New York Times
May 13, 2013

At the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies , there  pediatricians were encouraged to address childhood poverty as a national problem, rather than wrestling with its consequences case-by-case in the exam room. With almost 25 percent of children under five living below the federal poverty level, it is more evident than ever that early childhood poverty can have irreversible damage on a child's development.

The Economist
May 10, 2013

An article which illustrates how the Peterborough Social Impact Bond (SIB) in the UK is changing the surrounding system of support for offenders. The article also suggests that, while complicated, SIBs are having some real success. 
Center for American Progress
May 2, 2013

Early childhood education and school readiness are essential to preparing our children to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. Relative to other countries, however, the United States lags far behind on preschool, trailing a number of other countries in enrollment, investment, and quality.

Center for American Progress
May 2, 2013

An infographic provided from the Center for American Progress shows how the United States is falling behind many other countries in high-quality early childhood education. 

Investments in Education May Be Misdirected
New York Times
April 2, 2013

A summary of findings from James Heckman, one of the nation's top economists studying human development, and others making the case that investment in early education pays extremely high returns in the future.  
April/May 2013
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