The Build Back Better Act: What Does It Mean for Early Education?

The Build Back Better Act has been the subject of much debate.  Passed by the House earlier this month, the proposed legislation contains over 100 pages related to early education.  Aspects of…
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What’s Important to VA Voters?

The election is in full swing!  In November, Virginians will elect a new governor.  100 House of Delegate seats are also up for grabs. Both candidates, Terry McAuliffe (along with…
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Ready or Not?

Recently released data showed that an alarming 52% of Virginia’s kindergarteners ended the school year needing additional help in literacy, math, self-regulation and social skills. The pandemic has hit our children,…
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STREAMin3 on Our Nature Playground

When you spend time on our nature playground, you quickly realize that it is truly an outdoor classroom.  There are science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math activities happening all…
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Tough Test

A March 2021 report by Lynn Olsen and Brooke Lepage of Georgetown University’s FutureEd documents the incoherent, misaligned web of early learning assessments that are costly, challenging to administer and…
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EVERY Child Deserves Access to a High-Quality Education from Early Learning on Up

As the American Rescue Plan (ARP) hits educational agencies and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), there is an opportunity in Virginia and in our country to rethink educational systems…
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Women Are Dropping Out of the Workforce

  Dear Friends, We wanted make sure you saw the Good Morning America story about women dropping out of the workforce.  It features an economist talking about the dire need to address…
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Research-Practice Partnerships

We are excited for you to see this just released policy brief from Princeton & Brookings’ the Future of Children. The brief highlights strong partnerships between E3, UVA, The Virginia…
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E3 Pivots to Tackle BIG Challenges

Dear Friends, In 2005, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, business, civic and philanthropic leaders created Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads (SBSHR), one of three regional early education initiatives in the…
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A Slam Dunk for Our Children!

Dear Advocates, The 2021 General Assembly wrapped up this week.  YOU made sure that our early learners, parents, teachers and programs were a top priority. Budget Recap $11.1m to increase…
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