National funders partner to address early childhood policies

Eight major national funders are co-investing in early childhood efforts with the intention of leveraging deep research and significant funding to reform “practice, policy, and knowledge.” The partnership – which is among the Buffett Early Childhood Fund; the Gates, Kellogg, Kaiser Family, Harris, Packard, and Pritzker foundations; and an anonymous foundation – specifically aims to:

– Create and sustain a coast-to-coast network of well-implemented, well-evaluated Educare schools;

– Better inform state and federal public policy decision-making through the Alliance for Early Success and the First Five Years Fund; and

– Deepen society’s understanding of the science of early childhood by investing in the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, the work of Nobel Laureate in economics Dr. James Heckman, the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, and other research institutions.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has more information. (RWJF, 6/19)

EDUCATION | Youth homelessness is a devastating problem in our region. The Post profiles two local Fairfax youths who battled through homelessness and graduated from high school. Their diplomas are opening doors. (WaPo, 6/19)

FILLER | It’s a bit of a slow news day, so I’m borrowing a tactic from The Washington Post. Basically, it involves taking up space with a gigantic picture of a guy using a newspaper as a makeshift umbrella. And then writing a few sentences about it to take up extra space.

FOOD | A program in Michigan allows SNAP recipients to effectively double the value of their vouchers when they use them at farmers’ markets. The program has been successful and is now testing out a scaled-up version for local produce in regular grocery stores. (Atlantic, 6/10)

HOUSING | The Atlantic recently wrote about racial discrimination in the housing rental market. It turns out that landlords also discriminate against gay couples. (Atlantic, 6/19)

TRANSIT | Our region is growing, but driving is decreasing – even in the suburbs. (CP, 6/19)

Do you know which U.S. states are the furthest north, south, east, and west? The answers will probably surprise you and arm you with a truth bomb for future use.