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Early Childhood Education

We're Making Our Kids Miserable in School

Susan Engel | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Susan Engel

By allowing the pursuit of money to guide our educational practices, we have miseducated everyone. But there is an alternative. Some of the most intractable problems in schools could be solved if we replaced money with a different goal, one that would be good for all children, both now and in their futures -- the goal of well-being.

Why Investing in Kids Is Good for Business

Andrew D. Gillum | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Andrew D. Gillum

The very future of our country will be tied to our ability to get children off to a good start in school and in life. This issue is no longer just for the bleeding hearts, the family advocates, or the parents of young children. This is an issue that affects every facet of our society.

Early Childhood Education Is Critical for our Own Kids' Future -- and the Nation's

Smart Parents | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

With so much discussion and debate going on about how to improve our nation's schools, we must also be thinking of smart, proven ways to invest in children's development that are more than just corrective steps.

The Heart of a Caregiver: Agnes Lomkol

BRAC | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
BRAC

While some children are lucky to eat something small for breakfast at home, the majority show up with empty stomachs.

Social Entrepreneurship Is the Ultimate Solution to Global Crises

Nazmus Sadat | Posted 03.03.2015 | Impact
Nazmus Sadat

Now, we need more people to become social entrepreneurs, driving positive change in society and the world. Perhaps no better option exists to get out of the present crises this world is facing.

Study Finds Habits in Children Take Root By Age 9 -- Here's What That Means for Parents

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

A recent study out of Brown University has concluded that routines and habits in children, including household chores and responsibilities, are unlikely to vary after the age of 9.

Opening Up Avenues Of Success For New Parents

Matthew Melmed | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Matthew Melmed

Voluntary home visiting programs reach families where they live and tailor services to meet each family's individual needs.

President Obama's Budget: Five Small Steps Forward, One Big Step Back

Doug Hall | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Doug Hall

Unfortunately, this year's budget continues the harmful framework imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 of "trading off" defense spending with domestic needs. Once again, increased defense spending has been blindly offered to balance an equal amount of increased investment in job creation and training, education, climate change, and other priorities combined.

All Children Are Not the Same: Common Core Standards Fail to Keep Child Development in Mind

Rae Pica | Posted 02.05.2015 | Education
Rae Pica

To learn more about the the recent report, "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose," from the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years Project, listen to this discussion with three exceptional early childhood professionals.

In Helping Baby's First Teacher, 'A Path Appears'

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

The 15 million U.S. children growing up in poverty are typically more than 18 months behind their better-off peers by the time they enter school. Many never catch up. So I'm very thankful that tonight at 10 p.m. the new PBS documentary series A Path Appears is showing that these children are not a lost cause.

Early Education Is Everyone's Issue

Vanessa Cardenas | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Vanessa Cardenas

This is not just an educational but an economic issue and as such, every segment of society should support the president's efforts to find ways to expand early childhood education access for all children.

Teaching Character Versus Life Skills in Schools: What's the Best Approach?

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Should schools teach personality or character? This is the question posed in a recent New York Times op-ed by Anna North. When educators focus on personality or character, you get debates about whether it is the role of schools to try to imbue character or personality.

Rebecca Klein

Why Schools Should Pay More Attention To Students' Grit And Self-Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics

It may be just as important to evaluate schools based on students’ levels of motivation and perseverance as it is to judge them based on students' s...

Are You Fearless Enough to Be an Elder?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 02.15.2015 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

Margaret Mead would have been enthused about last week's White House convening on investing in early childhood. She would have also been perplexed. Why did the organizers ignore the famous anthropologist's clarion call?

Helping Children Make Sense of Numbers: Number Sense

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Young learners love knowing that numbers can represent everything from a single, little pebble in the palm of their hand to the billions of grains of sand on a beach.

Rebecca Klein

Most Pre-K Seats Added By De Blasio Are In Poorer Communities, City Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

In a reversal of the way income inequality usually works, it's the very wealthy who appear to have less access to New York City's state-funded prescho...

Early Childhood Educators Deserve a Living Wage

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Head Start programs are unique in the early childhood community in their focus on developing parents as teachers, partners, and leaders - and, where appropriate, as early childhood staff.

Learning to Count, Counting on Learning

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

What does it mean for your child to "count with understanding"? It means that he or she knows that the word one refers to a single object of any kind, the word two refers to two objects and so on. Here's where you come in, as parents and caregivers.

Getting Children Out of Poverty Requires a Two-Generation Approach

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Patrick McCarthy

A new strategy is emerging that recognizes the importance of creating opportunity for the entire family, coordinating programs and policies so that parents and children have a chance to succeed -- together.

Steer Your Young Child to the Library

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

November is Picture Book Month and this week is National Young Readers Week, which got me thinking about libraries and the tremendous value they offer our young children.

Good but Not Good Enough: Moving Public Will on Early Childhood Education

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

The Obama White House has proposed that high-quality pre-school be extended to every child in America and has been convening meetings around the country with a broad group of stakeholders dedicated to his early learning agenda.

Dads Spending Time on Baby, Not Baby Talk

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Fathers want to step up at home when it comes to caring for their children. But stepping up involves speaking up -- to their babies, which they may be less likely to do, according to a new study just published in the December 2014 issues of Pediatrics.

Children Are On the Ballot

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Children do not vote. And, if politicians are not listening and are taking actions contrary to the needs of children, voters must hold them accountable for their actions or inactions or we will fail our kids and our future.

Early Learning Needs to Be National Priority

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

State funding per child for preschool programs has declined over the last decade. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds participated in publicly-funded preschool.

The Power of Partnerships in Early Education

Deborah Kong | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

California's momentum on early learning was in the spotlight this week, when the White House came to town for "Children: The Bay Area's Greatest Investment," a Town Hall in San Francisco that reenergized participants to recommit to doing more for our youngest learners.