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Early Childhood Education

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

International Children's Day: Yet Another Reminder of How We Are Failing the Next Generation

Sothy Eng | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Sothy Eng

International Children's Day 2015 marks the 90th global celebration of the rights and well-being of children around the world. It is a day dedicated to not only celebrating, but also appreciating, the role children play in the future of all communities around the world.

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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 05.31.2015 | 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.