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Early Childhood Education

There Is A New Plan To Help Parents Afford Quality Child Care

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

Child care is more expensive than public college tuition in most U.S. states making it unaffordable for the majority of middle-class families, let al...

"My Dad Doesn't Like Black People": Explaining Racism to Young Children

Natalie Flores | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Natalie Flores

As adults, it is essential that we listen to the questions and concepts children bring up and explore the experiences they have had around racism.

New Year, New Investments in Your Child's Learning

Byron Garrett | Posted 01.19.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

The days of "do as I say, not as I do" should be behind you if you want your child to be an excellent student. Kids love to model everything they see adults doing- --whether it's movement, phrases, eating or habits. It's important for your child to see you on a quest for learning as well if you want them to journey to greatness academically.

The Global Search for Education: Trends

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"There is a lot of pressure placed on education to act as one of the major levers to reduce inequality, but it cannot act alone."  -- Tracey Burns ...

Keeping the Commitment: Moneyball for Head Start

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

In Washington, D.C. there's no shortage of tinkerers who write about what they think Head Start was, is, and should be without ever fully experiencing...

Quality Early Learning Must Be Affordable

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Quality care requires trained, qualified providers operating in safe, well-equipped facilities. It means not only numeracy and literacy, but a nutritious diet and nurturing staff members. And it means rich exposure to words and language, especially for children being raised in poverty.

Access to Early Education and Playful Bee

Café McMullen | Posted 12.15.2015 | Education
Café McMullen

When I first talked to Yvette Hwee on the phone about her wonderful online preschool startup, Playful Bee, I was captivated by her passion. She spoke enthusiastically about America's issues regarding preschool and her experiences as a mom of two young girls.

How Teachers Drain Motivation From Children and 7 Ways to Fix It

Li Lin | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Li Lin

I first heard of Mrs. Queenie Johnson, M.A. through an amazing Brand Church Periscope, and I was instantly hooked by her charisma and knowledge when it came to branding, teaching, and parenting.

The No Child Left Behind Overhaul Could Seriously Help Preschools

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published.  The revision of the No Child Left Behind law now before Congres...

Pre-School Teachers Should Be Paid Much, Much, More

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics

Preschool is important. But those tasked with educating the nation's littlest learners are not well-compensated for their efforts.  A new report...

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.