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is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Tracking Federal Professional Development/ Higher Education Policy

There are a variety of federal programs which address the needs of young children and their families. This section of our web site tracks the federal government programs on professional development and higher education

The chart below provides a basic overview of the federal programs, as well as status updates on the authorizations of those programs by Congress.

To track the funding of these programs through the annual Congressional appropriations process, click here.


Federal Law/ ProgramOverview Authorization

Higher Education






Authorizes the federal government’s major student aid programs, as well as other key programs such as those providing aid to special groups of higher education and institutions and support services to enable disadvantaged students to complete secondary school and enter and complete college (increase access to higher education). The act’s reauthorization includes provisions to build the capacity of our nation’s early childhood workforce, and to create economic incentives to enable early childhood providers to seek out training and professional development opportunities.

Administered by the Department of Education.

Reauthorization expires in 2013.














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