White House Declares Support for Early STEM Learning

NEWFOUND ENTHUSIASM: The White House has announced support for early childhood STEM initiatives in a press release that states, "The years from birth to third grade are filled with play and active engagement with the environment...Research indicates that as early as infancy, young children start developing and testing hypotheses for how the world around them works." 

Details on how the federal government will support early childhood STEM learning are still vague, but the press release did say that the White House, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services and Invest in US will collaborate on an event at the White House bringing together companies and stakeholders at the White House to focus on the work. The event will also help constituents identify organizations promoting STEM at the local level. 

Organizations can apply to be part of the event and to submit relevant materials by sending their organization names, points of contact, emails, cities and states and specific details of your commitment to educationpolicy@who.eop.gov. Applications close Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

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