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04/13/11

CCSSO Participates in a First Five Years Fund Panel on the Foundation of Education: Early Learning in ESEA Reauthorization

Contact:Thomas Schultzthomas.schultz@ccsso.org202-312-6432

The First Five Years Fund sponsored a discussion on the Foundation of Education: Early Learning in ESEA Reauthorization on Friday, April 8 which featured CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit.

States are approaching Early Childhood policy initiatives with the goal of creating more coherence and consistency across child care, pre-k, Head Start, services for young children with disabilities and other programs. New federal support for collaboration from the Departments of Health and Human Services and Education has accelerated these efforts, including funding for State Councils on Early Childhood Education and Care. The Council has sponsored three task forces that aim to strengthen ESEA in the area of Early Childhood education.

To learn more about Early Childhood initiatives at CCSSO, please contact Tom Schultz at thomass@ccsso.org.