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Environmental Defense Fund|January 11, 2022

Farmers Business Network and Environmental Defense Fund Launch New Farm Operating Line of Credit that Incentivizes Farmers Who Implement Regenerative Ag

Farmers Business Network and Environmental Defense Fund announced the launch of the FBN Regenerative Agriculture Finance Fund. Farmers who meet climate and water quality benchmarks will now access lower interest rates, enabling wider adoption of profitable and sustainable agriculture.

K12 Education|December 12, 2021

Getting child tax credit to lowest-income parents proves challenging

Organizations like Code for America are working with the White House and Treasury Department to launch tools to ensure the child tax credit reaches the lowest-income parents.

Early Childhood Development|November 17, 2021

Don’t Let Universal Pre-K Substitute for Universal Kindergarten Readiness

Andy Myers of Waterford.org argues that a more equitable, direct and holistic way of framing the issue of universal Pre-K is determining how we can achieve universal kindergarten readiness: "We should leverage the complete set of in-person and digital resources -- developed by educators and nonprofits both before and during the pandemic -- to ensure that all children have the core skills in academics, social-emotional development and school routines to be kindergarten-ready."

Early Childhood Development|November 1, 2021

As Washington Wrangles Over Spending, How Can Philanthropy Make the Case for Family Child Care?

Valhalla grantee All Our Kin has played a leadership role in building and professionalizing the child care sector for two decades. If the Biden administration's proposal to overhaul the child care system in the U.S. passes, there will be an historic opportunity to improve child care quality and supply.

Environmental Innovation|October 29, 2021

The Fastest Way to Slow Climate Change Now

EDF Senior Scientist, Dr. Ilissa Ocko, explains at TED Countdown, "Cutting methane is the single fastest, most effective opportunity to reduce climate change risks in the near term."

Medical Research & Talent|October 15, 2021

Clinician-scientist Kipp Weiskopf appointed as a Valhalla Fellow at Whitehead Institute

Kipp Weiskopf—who is identifying ways to prompt macrophages to fight cancer—has been named a Valhalla Fellow.

Early Childhood Development|October 7, 2021

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy (PN-3) Impact Center releases their 2021 State Policy Roadmap and Family Resource Comparison

PN-3 has released its second annual State Policy Roadmap that tracks progress state-by-state on the implementation of evidence-based policies and strategies to improve outcomes for young children. This year, PN-3 also analyzed the ways these policies interact with each other to impact the total resources available to families in each state, showing wide variation across the U.S.

Early Childhood Development|October 7, 2021

Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Through Home Visiting Programs

Systemic racism within health care and other social institutions has led to significant racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care, poor health outcomes, and high mortality rates for women and children of color. Fortunately, evidence-based home visiting programs like Nurse-Family Partnership are helping to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

Early Childhood Development|September 21, 2021

Can’t Compete: Why Hiring for Child Care is a Huge Struggle

The shortage of private childcare, which has worsened during the pandemic, is a major problem for parents of young children, and staffing challenges are the primary driver. The Biden administration is trying to address this issue.

Environmental Innovation|September 13, 2021

Scientists build satellite to monitor methane leaks that contribute to global warming

EDF Scientist Ilissa Ocko explains, “Reducing methane emissions is the single fastest opportunity we have to slow down the rate of warming.”