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Early Childhood Education

Happy 50th Birthday, Head Start!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of all the Great Society programs, Head Start is perhaps the most popular. It provides center-based services to millions of very cute 3- and 4-year-olds, mostly children from disadvantaged families. If members of the public, educators, and policy makers know a single conclusion from educational research, it is that early-childhood programs have long-term positive impacts.

This Just In: Preschoolers Don't Get Enough Exercise

Rae Pica | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
Rae Pica

I've been waiting for the "revolution" in education, in terms of an understanding that children need to move, pretty much for as long as I've focused on early childhood physical activity -- which is to say, about 35 years.

Happy Birthday Head Start!

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Today, 5 million low-income children need, but are unable to access, early learning opportunities. To reclaim the promise of the American Dream, our nation must recommit itself to providing high-quality early learning and comprehensive services.

Education Is Harmful When You Measure the Wrong Things

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

"Measure the wrong things and you'll get the wrong behaviors." This simple statement succinctly characterizes why the American education system continues beating its head against the wall.

Achieving Full Potential -- The Science of Child Resiliency Explained

Sue Davey | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Sue Davey

Each person handles adversity and challenges differently, that much is known, but what is it that we know about the factors that come into play when it comes to developing resiliency? Why is it that some children are able to respond well to challenging situations and thrive, and how can we help children develop resilience?

For Mother's Day, Moms Need Quality Early Learning Opportunities

Deborah Kong | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Deborah Kong

This year, we have the potential to level the playing field for our low-income children and families. As California's budget surplus continues to soar, policymakers have a choice to make: Be penny wise and pound foolish, or spend prudently on early care and education and reap the benefits

Early Reading Critical to Bridging Opportunity Gap for Boys of Color

Michael Lombardo | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Michael Lombardo

For those of us involved in the fight for educational equality, it was especially painful to watch the media coverage of Baltimore this past week. Here is a city that in so many ways is making real and measurable gains.

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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.03.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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...