Senator Mensch Attended NCSL Fellows Program, Gained Exposure to Top Early Learning Policies

Harrisburg – Thirty-five state legislators and legislative staff from 26 states and Puerto Rico, including Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), were selected as Early Learning Fellows by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).  Now in its second year, the program exposes fellows to the latest research and state policy ideas during a yearlong series of webinars and meetings on how best to make sure young children get a positive start in life.

The NCSL Early Learning Fellows Program provided opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research and best practices in early childhood education from experts in academia and public school district,” said New Hampshire state Representative Mary Gile, last year’s fellow and chair of the House Education Committee.  “Meetings and webinars offered stimulating, inspiring and affirming information from both theoretical and practical perspectives.  I especially appreciated meeting and working with legislative colleagues from across the nation.”

The fellows were nominated by state leadership and selected based on their interest and commitment to a wide range of education, health, human services, state budget and other issues as they relate to early learning.  In addition to exploring new research and policy ideas, lawmakers and staff learned and strategized about federal initiatives.

“I was honored to be selected for this program,” said Senator Mensch (R-24).  “Education is a fundamental aspect of our children’s lives.  This program demonstrated that a balance of funds, tools, and policies are needed in order to give our children the best possible options.”

The 2013-2014 Early Learning fellows program kicked off May 1st and 2nd during NCSL’s Spring Forum in Denver.  A final meeting focusing on the best practices and latest science will be held Dec. 6th and 7th in Washington, D.C.  No tax dollars were used for program expenses.

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