Obama’s plans for early learning. Plus: higher ed budget cuts, investing in America’s caregivers, and a new “grand bargain”

February 18, 2009 | Aaron Keating

All Eyes on Illinois: During the 2008 campaign, Obama promised a substantial, $10 billion investment in early education programs, including new “Early Learning Challenge Grants” to states, but provided few details about what those programs would look like in practice. A closer look at early education programs in Illinois and Chicago might provide some useful hints. | New America Early Ed Watch

Presidents ask Legislature to spare higher ed: The presidents of Washington’s public universities asked the Legislature on Tuesday to not trim their operating budgets despite stark cuts proposed for many other state programs and services. Their prognosis if the cuts stand: fewer students allowed to enroll in classes packed with more people, taught by fewer instructors. | News Tribune

Karen Kahn: Now Is the Time to Invest in America’s Caregivers: The economic stimulus package approved yesterday allows states to use work-force development funds to improve training for direct-care workers. This is a good step, says Karen Kahn, but this vital part of the work force needs more help now. | Women’s eNews

Robert Borosage: The Real Grand Bargain: Will President Obama defend Social Security from the folks who want to plunder it? | Huffington Post

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