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Early Childhood Education

Teacher Nourished, Not Teacher Proof

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Who do we need to be to unlock children's potential? Some say good teachers are born, not made. Others believe in the power of teacher training to cultivate an effective teaching workforce.

The Allure of Technology for Young Learners

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Children need a balance of activities, including lots of physical play and movement, non-screen-based learning and reading; and healthy routines for eating, sleeping and hygiene, along with age-appropriate, education-focused screen time with adult oversight and monitoring.

Programming for Kids: Way More Fun Than It Sounds

XPRIZE | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
XPRIZE

These types of games and activities appear to be the future of teaching computer science. Exposing kids to them at an early age, and in an imaginative way, can only help inspire them to learn more about programming and engineering.

Our Kids: Could We Just Listen to Robert Putnam's Plea to America?

Karen Gross | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Karen Gross

In America, we favor quick results and resolving the achievement gap is a several decade-long effort. We are so used to "quickness" with email and Twitter and other social media that we get distracted easily and lose focus and drive.

Inspiring Head Start Alumni Share 50 Years of Stories

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

They come from every state, every culture, every ethnicity in America, but one piece of their stories is always the same. "I learned to love learning, and that love has stayed with me my whole life," Secretary Burwell said, echoing her fellow alumni.

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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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.