Jeffrey Capizzano President of The Policy Equity Group, a consultancy that empowers socially conscious organizations with advocacy, research, and communications support and former Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services, spoke about his experience in early childhood education programming at AAP’s Content in Context (CIC) conference yesterday. During a presentation entitled Early Childhood Education: What are the opportunities for publishers? Cappizzano covered federal polices that affect PreK educational programming. The role Congress and the Administration have within the early childhood space through legislation such as the Child Care and Development Fund and Strong Start for America’s Children Act, various programs from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education, Office of Early Learning and funding were covered in depth as part of the talk.
Programs like Head Start and child care initiatives as well as workforce development in education show that funding for childhood learning policies is not going away, explained Cappizzano, focusing on how publishers can enter early childhood education markets. Being proactive in engaging with states to fulfill the goals and assessments that federal early childhood learning programs require is a major opportunity for the industry. Understanding how states want to initiate PreK learning programs and providing aligned material that helps them do so will enable publishers to create partnerships with those who implement early learning systems. Cappizzano ended with a positive tone, noting that although funding is unclear, early childhood education is a priority for the Obama Administration and will continue to be an important 2016 presidential issue.