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Getting specific about what works in early learning classrooms

Rob Grunewald and Ben Horowitz May 21, 2019

Child-involved, teacher-assisted activities and a curriculum that structures time and engages children are key features of effective classroom instruction

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Register now for Policy Summit 2019

Reserve your spot at Policy Summit 2019: Connecting People and Places to Opportunity, on June 19–21 in Cincinnati. Details and registration

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Take the 2019 CDFI Survey

Calling all community development financial institution (CDFI) leaders: Join your colleagues in completing the 2019 CDFI Survey! Responses will be used to better understand the reach and impact of CDFIs nationwide and to generate a national CDFI directory. Take the survey here. (To take it in Spanish, click here.)

The CDFI Survey is a collaborative effort by the Federal Reserve, the CDFI Fund, Opportunity Finance Network, First Nations Oweesta Corporation, NeighborWorks America, and Inclusiv.

Alene Tchourumoff named Senior Vice President of Community Development and Engagement

Alene Tchourumoff, who most recently served as chair of the Metropolitan Council, joined the Minneapolis Fed on December 1 as the new senior vice president over our function. Tchourumoff also oversees the Center for Indian Country Development and leads the Bank’s strategies for engaging communities throughout the Ninth District. Read more about Alene here.

Download the Investing in America’s Workforce book

Available now: Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers, a three-volume book on workforce development that features research and insights from more than 100 authors. Check out the chapter by our own Rob Grunewald, titled “Early Childhood Investments: Paving the Way from the Future Workforce.” Rob’s contribution discusses how investing in high-quality early education supports “downstream” workforce development initiatives and boosts labor productivity. Download the book at

The book is the result of a two-and-a-half-year collaboration between the Federal Reserve System, the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.