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Early Childhood Education

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...

6 Life Lessons I've Learned From Preschool Children

Vicki Palmer | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Vicki Palmer

They are positive, enthusiastic and energetic. They make friends easily and are walking, talking sponges, ready to learn and absorb all that the world will throw at them.

Helping Your Child Improve Reading Skills

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Even on a "Busy Day" for "Busy People," reading is a wonderful way to expand children's worlds and to bond children and caregivers, and one that can start at birth. It also is a crucial way to help children gain the language and literacy skills needed for a good start in school.

Common Core: The Lego Kit of Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Children who play with piles of Legos, inventing and building as they wish, exhibit far more long-term creativity than children who build things from Lego kits. Rearranging Legos from a messy pile is a better learning experience than working from a kit with directions (unless you're in a hurry and hope to use the finished Lego product as a household appliance).

To Prevent Bullying, Focus On Early Childhood

Deborah Temkin | Posted 08.18.2015 | Education
Deborah Temkin

Specifically, parents' use of harsh discipline and children's exposure to domestic violence are related to increases in bullying behavior, while parents' positive engagement in their children's lives, seems to be protective against bullying behavior.

Who Cares for the Caregivers? What Unionization Could Mean for the Future of Publically Funded Childcare

Todd Grindal | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Todd Grindal

We should all be able to agree that, to date, home-based childcare workers have not received the compensation or the consistent support they need to effectively promote the health, development and safety of young children. Unions are willing (and may just be able) to push for these changes.

We Need Innovative Ways to Fund Early Childhood Education

Mark Shriver | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Mark Shriver

Investing in our children will reduce poverty, change lives and strengthen our communities and our economy. Our next president, regardless of which side of the aisle he or she may come from, must invest in kids.

Education Reform Is Malpractice

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

The tragic irony in education is that the policies and practices enacted in response to concerns over low achievement will further disable a generation of children already hobbled by poverty. Education reform is disproportionally affecting young girls and boys of color in the least privileged communities.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 2

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

In this post, I will share many of the early academic indicators of kindergarten readiness. The list is by no means comprehensive, but it will provide families with an understanding of what will be expected of their child and offer tips to help them prepare their child for a successful transition to kindergarten.

Two-Wheeled Dreams Have Lasting Impact

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Among our priorities in helping provide a better future for children in developing countries, one area of focus rises to the top: the protection of children. It's an issue we are tackling on many fronts... and sometimes on two wheels.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 1

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Most families know that early childhood education is critical for later school success. But most don't know which social/behavioral and early academic "kindergarten readiness" abilities and knowledge children should have by the time they are old enough to enter kindergarten.

Rebecca Klein

A Really Good Reason To Make Your Kids Watch 'Sesame Street' | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents

"Sesame Street" may give a lasting educational boost to children who watch it, a new study has found. But that doesn't mean long-distance learning sho...

Flexible Financing to Give Low-Income Kids a Head Start

Jessica Pothering | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Jessica Pothering

Packard's investment came in the form of a "program-related investment," a category under the tax code through which foundations can invest in for-profit ventures in order to advance a charitable purpose.

It's Time to Re-invest in Our Kids

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 06.03.2015 | Education
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

As the school year is coming to a close, access to affordable early education and child care is still on the mind of many parents. More than 23,000 children from across Massachusetts are being left behind, sitting on waitlists for enrollment in quality early education and out-of-school time care programs during this most critical stage of their development.