Early Childhood Education


Social Venture Partners Closes Doors But Remains Committed

May 12th, 2011

Author: Madeleine Bayard

Social Venture Partners announced today that they will no longer operate after this year, noting that they will “discontinue operation under the current model.”  Board members intend to stay involved in advocacy for quality early childhood education, but have not determined the strategy through which they will do so. Their final investments...

One Step Closer to a “Baby Race to the Top”

May 10th, 2011

Author: Madeleine Bayard

The United States Department of Education was appropriated $700 million as part of last month’s budget deal to design a competitive grant program focused, in part, on improving early-childhood education for low-income and disadvantaged youth. Recent speculation points to lawmakers moving forward with a “Baby Race to the Top” program, in...

Early Childhood Investment: Cause for Applause

May 6th, 2011

Author: Madeleine Bayard

The Governor announced a new $22M investment in early care and education this morning, which is remarkable, given that the budget allowed for investments in only one new initiative (outside the one-time investments also included in Building Delaware’s Future Now). Kingswood Community Center served as the ideal host because their early childhood...

Delaware Following Maryland’s Course to Early Childhood Success

April 12th, 2011

Author: Madeleine Bayard

Maryland has demonstrated how a focus on early childhood can yield significant, long-term gains for children. In the last decade, they have: Implemented full-day Kindergarten, which Delaware has almost completed; Increased the quality of existing early childhood programs, through efforts similar to the Delaware Stars program; Increased access...