Category: Early Childhood

NLC’s Early Learning Nation Expands

The network of cities across the country that are taking decisive action to prioritize programs and policies that improve outcomes for young children is expanding. The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) selected eight cities as part of a new cohort of NLC’s technical assistance initiative, City Leadership

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The Future of Work Begins with a City’s Youngest Residents

As city leaders across the country develop strategies to prepare residents for changing job trends, here is one strategy you might not have considered: early childhood education. While young children may seem a far cry from our workforce, there are several reasons why any city leader preparing for the future of work in their communities

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Austin Steps Up Efforts to Improve Access to High-Quality Child Care

In an effort to increase the number of high-quality child care slots available in the city, the Austin, Texas City Council passed a resolution that directs the city manager to review how service fees could be partially or fully waived for child care providers. These service fees include food service, environmental and fire inspections fees that

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Community Leaders Come Together to Build Networks of Opportunity for Child Well-being

The National League of Cities’ Early Childhood Success team joined Boston Medical Center’s Vital Village Community Engagement Network in Denver, Colorado for three days to kick off their Networks of Opportunity for Child Well-being (NOW) Learning Community. The learning community will support and build the capacity of local communities and coalitions to work together and

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Powering Summer Learning Across the Country

This is a guest post by Laura Johnson, vice president of communications for the National Summer Learning Association, and Jason King, senior vice president of corporate communications for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. When it comes to summer in America, there are baseball games and barbecues, roller coaster rides and fireflies — and oh yes, the “summer

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Six Cities Receive NLC Grants for Anti-Hunger Campaigns

In a comprehensive campaign to combat childhood hunger at the local level, NLC has selected six member cities to receive grants totaling $750,000 and intensive technical assistance to launch mayor-led city-wide anti-hunger campaigns. The cities selected for the CHAMPS: Cities Combating Hunger grant include: Allentown, Pennsylvania Durham, North Carolina Jackson, Mississippi Little Rock, Arkansas Miami

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Great Workforce Development Means Giving Children a Strong Start

Ask any local elected leader about their top priorities and they will likely tell you about workforce development and quality jobs that help workers provide for their families. While early childhood education may not be the next thing you immediately think of, there are several important connections between the role of early childhood and a

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Eleven Cities Join Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative

Regular access to nature brings multiple benefits to children, including improved mental and physical health and increased opportunities for social and emotional learning. With these benefits in mind, Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN), a joint initiative of the National League of Cities and Children & Nature Network, welcomes 11 new cities to mobilize municipal

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In Hartford, Connecticut, a Breakthrough for Early Childhood Educators

The City of Hartford, Connecticut, is taking the lead in supporting its early childhood workforce by partnering with the local workforce development board to determine the needs of early childhood educators. While many cities across the nation have made great strides in expanding their early childhood services and programs, there has been less focus on

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