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Early Childhood Education

We Need to Close the 'Word Gap' for Low-Income Children

Sandra Waxman | Posted 11.30.2015 | Education
Sandra Waxman

Closing the gap matters for several reasons. Most importantly, without access to high-quality childcare, infants and toddlers from low-income families face increasingly steep developmental challenges.

Innovative Community Organizations Lead New Efforts to Build Family Economic Security

Carla Thompson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Carla Thompson

Ensuring parents are financially stable sets children on a better path to success. And we know that focusing on two generations simultaneously enables children and families to succeed together.

Early Education Can Help Unlock Future Success

Byron Garrett | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Byron Garrett

As an educator, I'm always trying to keep track of the latest research and trends about how we can best help our children succeed. There are many theories about what works about motivating children to learn, what will help them develop skills of all kinds, but something that recently has been coming up a lot is that early education is the real key to students' success.

California Must Recommit to Preschoolers in Next State Budget

Deborah Kong | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Deborah Kong

This year's legislative session featured bills signed by Governor Brown that will usher in sweeping changes for California -- and it also included at least one significant missed opportunity with the veto of Assembly Bill 47, the Preschool for All Act.

Interview with an Expert in Multicultural Studies

Diedre Anthony | Posted 11.02.2015 | Parents
Diedre Anthony

I came across his book, Tomorrow's Children, after an assignment. We were tasked with picking an issue we were passionate about, and finding ways to educate our fellow colleagues about it. Surprisingly, there was little research on educating and raising biracial/multicultural children.

Adults Are the Problem

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.

The Fadeout Shibboleth

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Although not frequently used, the term shibboleth precisely describes the oft-repeated, yet fallacious, assertion that the benefits of Head Start completely fade out by third grade,

Head Start Designation Renewal System 2.0

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

The Head Start community embraces accountability, but recognizes that continuous quality improvement is as important to the development of strong federal policies as it is to their work with children and families.

Education: Start Young, Involve Parents, Empower Children and Be Patient

Terry N. Ford | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Terry N. Ford

I'm often asked what works in education. After starting and leading public schools in Texas for nearly four decades, my response is straightforward: Start young, involve parents, empower children in their own development and be patient in fostering their eventual success.

Should We Still Learn To Write Cursive? An Education Expert Weighs In

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts

I’ve always thought that if I learned anything from cursive lessons in elementary school, it was the art of persuasion. When my second grade t...

How Stronger Early Childhood Policies Could Help Kids

Jane Waldfogel | Posted 10.13.2015 | Education
Jane Waldfogel

If our country wants to give all children a shot at success and disrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty, we need to provide more support to families with young children.

Labeling Young Children With 'Word Gap' Language Is Harmful

Jennifer Keys Adair | Posted 10.12.2015 | Education
Jennifer Keys Adair

If we decide to label children by what they are not, rather than who they are and the capabilities they can expand then we are stuck blaming children for what we don't think they can handle.

Preschool Suspensions: Young Children Who Are Being Left Behind

Diane Levin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Education
Diane Levin

Young children have now begun the new school year, many for the first time. How many will not be allowed to finish the school year due to being expelled or miss significant time in school due to suspension for unacceptable behavior or for violating some mandatory school policy?

12 Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Child for Preschool (That You Probably Haven't Thought Of)

Vicki Palmer | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Vicki Palmer

Starting preschool is an adjustment for any child (and every parent). There are many small and simple things that you as a parent can do at home to help smooth the transition and assist in preparing your child for preschool.

Kristen Bell, Jessica Alba and Others Support Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth at Raising Baby

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Welcoming close to one hundred current and former foster youth, along with their adorable children, to the event, Raising Baby provided the young parents with multiple workshops and activities.

Starting Early: Connecting Culture and Language to Student Success

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Kiran Ahuja

During my recent visit to Ke Kula 'o Nāwahīokalani'ōpu'u Iki Public Charter School on Hawaii Island, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with students of all ages, teachers, parents and administrators.

Lt. Gov. Candidate Suggests Head Start Is Used To Indoctrinate Kids

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's nominee for lieutenant governor in Kentucky, Jenean Hampton, suggested on Tuesday that the federal Head Start pr...

8 Things Your Child's Preschool Teacher Thinks About You

Vicki Palmer | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Vicki Palmer

Parenting is hard. But there is no right or wrong. As early childhood educators, we can see that you are doing your best and only have your child's interests at heart.

Social Entrepreneurs Offer New Thinking on Old Challenges in Early Childhood

Todd Grindal | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Todd Grindal

Breakthroughs in our understanding of the developing brain, converging evidence from program evaluation, and a growing political consensus regarding the unique developmental potential of young children make this an extraordinarily powerful moment for early education policy and practice.

What Happens When a Crack House Becomes an Early Childhood Learning Center?

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.13.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Oyler has become a beacon of what is possible when the community, city leaders, families, educators and partners work together.

Here's Why You Need to Question Mindfulness in Classrooms

Natalie Flores | Posted 09.11.2015 | Education
Natalie Flores

Think about the underlying agenda of practicing mindfulness in schools: increasing "normalized" behavior, fewer emotional outbursts, teaching children to accept the frustration and hardships they endure, instead of taking a critical approach to understanding them.

Early Childhood Education in the Balance

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.10.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Debate in early childhood education has largely shifted from the kindergarten to the pre-kindergarten. A lot of attention has been paid to the question, "Does Head Start work?"

Don't Ban Bossy -- What I Learned From Being Bossy

Martina Mercer | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women
Martina Mercer

Telling someone what to do is easy, gaining respect and loyalty is not. Please don't confuse being bossy with leaderships skills. A leader can give direction without being labelled bossy. A bossy person can shout orders without being labelled a leader. Who would you rather listen to?

We Can't Predict The Future, But We Can Change The Way It Unfolds For Children In Poverty

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Together we can help all children reach their dreams. We can't predict the future, but we know that when we invest in children we transform the way their future unfolds.

States Agree On The Need For Preschool, But Disagree On The Definition

stateline | Sophie Quinton | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...