News & Research Roundup: Early Childhood

Steering Committee Member, Jim Hoffman, wrote an editorial published in the Sunday, December 4th, News & Record. Jim is a military veteran, and he shares a recent finding of Mission Readiness that 71% of military applicants do not have the basic eligibility to serve in the military. A group of a group of retired generals, admirals, and military leaders believe quality early learning would reverse this trend. Read the article in its entirety here.

A new study out of Duke University shows that the benefits of NC PreK last through fifth grade. Hear the study’s author talk about these lasting benefits on a recent episode of Education Matters here. Steering Committee member, Tracy Zimmerman, is also a featured guest on this episode. Tracy is the Executive Director of the NC Early Learning Foundation.

A study from San Antonio confirms that high-quality early learning environments contribute to academic success for low-income students. Read more about this study here.

Supported and supportive families can have a lasting effect on the mental wellness of young children. This article from childtrends.org outlines the impact of mental wellness on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.