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Early Childhood Development

A Thanksgiving Prayer to Stand for Children and Our Nation's Future

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest threat to our national security comes from our indefensible and foolish neglect of our children today, which will be the seeds of our nation's undoing if we do not act with urgency. As we give thanks, let's also stand for children who need our voice.

Forward for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

To move forward, America's security and prosperity depend on our children's ability to drive the economy of the future. Leaders must craft budget solutions that will protect the already porous safety nets on which so many children and families rely.

Can You Hear Me Now? Who's Talking About Early Childhood Education This Election Season

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

It is time for the press to ask all candidates whether they are ready to make commitments to keep the window of learning opportunity open for all young children.

Helping Children Build Skills for School Success

Judith Sandalow | Posted 10.24.2012 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Getting ready for school means more than purchasing notebooks, pencils, and a backpack. Being truly prepared for school means that students walk into their first classroom having already developed important skills that allow them to learn.

Understanding the Language Of Children's Behavior: Lessons From the Research of Berry Brazleton

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Brazelton realized that children's behavior affects parents just as parents' behavior affects children. It is a two-way street.

Adventures in Awkward Parenting Moments

Toni Nagy | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Raising a human will lead to some embarrassing and awkward moments.

It's Time for Auntie's Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Sunday, July 22, marks the fourth annual Auntie's Day®. It's a day to honor and celebrate the women in the American Family Village who love and give to children not-their-own.

About That App Gap: Children, Technology and the Digital Divide

Susan Linn | Posted 08.01.2012 | Technology
Susan Linn

The skills people will always need to thrive -- deep thinking, the ability to differentiate fact from hype, creativity, self-regulation, empathy, and self-reflection -- aren't learned in front of screens.

'Creating Innovators'

Tony Wagner | Posted 07.17.2012 | College
Tony Wagner

In more than one hundred and fifty interviews for this book -- lengthy conversations with scores of innovators and their parents, teachers, and mentors -- passion was the most frequently recurring word.

(Graduation) Hats Off to Mothers

Anne Mosle | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Anne Mosle

With Mother's Day flowers still fresh and commencements kicking off this week, let's turn our energy toward saluting the achievements of resilient student mothers.

Blank Disk Or Software Included: Are We Born With Ethics And Morals?

KidSpirit | Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion
KidSpirit

Do we have a sense of right or wrong from day one? If put in an extreme situation, could an ordinary person grow up to be a psychopath?

Honor Maurice Sendak with Play

Darell Hammond | Posted 07.09.2012 | Parents
Darell Hammond

Where The Wild Things Are shows us that children need to be free to roam, explore and invent in order to understand their place in the world that surrounds them.

And Life Is NOT Going to Be the Same

Misha Lyuve | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Misha Lyuve

Can I be jealous of children for a second? They are lucky to experience transformational moments in abundance. As adults we require, for the most part, a very conscious effort to reach them.

Lifting Up Our Youngest Learners

Josh Anderson | Posted 07.01.2012 | Chicago
Josh Anderson

As a community, we must continue our commitment to raising the bar for our early learning centers and closing the school readiness gap for our city's future leaders.

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: NYC's Budget Cuts to Leave Lasting Wounds

Richard Buery | Posted 05.26.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

The mayor has consistently demonstrated his commitment to New York City's children. That is why the mayor's proposed cuts to early childhood education and after-school programs are so jarring.

Learning Routines and Routines to Learn

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 04.24.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

An invaluable survival strategy for parents and teachers of young children is the establishment of daily and weekly routines.

The Overextended Toddler

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 03.24.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

Is the primary job of a parent to give our kids every possible opportunity to prove themselves tiny geniuses (the American model), or is it our job to make them self-sufficient and confident citizens (the more European model)? I'm not sure that we can do both at the same time.

Play Today, Lead Tomorrow

Darell Hammond | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Darell Hammond

Unstructured play gives kids the space they need to tinker and take risks -- both vital for the budding entrepreneur. Yet, too frequently these opportunities are being taken away from our kids.

Being the Change That I Wish To See In the World

Soiya Gecaga | Posted 03.18.2012 | Good News
Soiya Gecaga

Upon my return to Kenya, I initially thought I would get involved in peace and reconciliation activities. However, I couldn't help but notice the hundreds of very young children that I saw running around unsupervised on a daily basis.

Actions and Action Figures: Gift Giving as Brain Development

Judith Sandalow | Posted 02.26.2012 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Actions and action figures both speak louder than words when it comes to telling children that they are unconditionally loved and have a safe environment where they can develop -- physically, emotionally, mentally -- as they should.

Trusting Relationships Are Central to Children's Learning -- Lessons From Edward Tronick

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.31.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It now may seem more obvious that trusting relationships enhance children's learning, but it wasn't obvious not so long ago when Tronick became interested in the subject.

Fishing Naked in Finland: What've PISA Scores Got to Do With It?

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 01.30.2012 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

Since 2001, when the PISA results went public, this Nordic nation's 15-year-olds have ranked at or near the top of all industrialized nations in reading, science, and mathematics. And we haven't yet stopped talking about it.

Corporate Loopholes: The Tip of the Iceberg

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Some days it feels like America may be speeding towards a proverbial iceberg. The tip of the iceberg is the budget deficit; and the failure to invest in our human capital is the rest of the iceberg that will sink America's ship of state. But as the super committee struggles to make difficult decisions in the coming weeks to reduce the budget deficit, one of the proposals it is considering is reducing the corporate tax rate. This would be a step away from investing in human capital, and a step towards balancing the budget on the backs of our youth, who need health care and nutrition, quality education and good jobs to build a strong America. Children did not cause the budget deficit and they must not be sacrificed to help solve it.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Stupid

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"The Economy Stupid" were the words on the now famous sign in successful presidential candidate Bill Clinton's 1992 war room. Today, that sign should be in the war rooms of all candidates.

Early Learning on the Brain: Policymakers, Take Note

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 12.11.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

As state lawmakers across the country struggle with competing priorities, continuing to slash investment in early learning, it's time to do a little memory recovery, and take a crash course in neuroscience. The synapses of our youngest citizens are firing right now.