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Early Childhood

A Child's Lifelong Self-Esteem Emerges Earlier Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.04.2015 | Science

Five-year-old children may only read and write at a basic level, but their sense of self is surprisingly sophisticated. A provocative new study ...

Lifting California's Kids Out of Poverty

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Jim Steyer

Two recent reports make it clear we are flat out failing when it comes to lifting children out of poverty. We've got to do better, here in California and across the country - and we can.

Reversing the Systemic, Structural Disinvestment in Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Unfortunately for children's programs, Congress has chosen to subject the programs on the discretionary side of the budget to significant cuts and hard spending limits or "sequestration" in an effort to cut the federal budget deficit.

Here's A Child Care Plan That Hillary Clinton Probably Shouldn't Copy

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama has called for new programs to help working parents pay for child care. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie ...

Child Care Costs Too Much -- And Too Little

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

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Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top Priority

Jim Steyer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Jim Steyer

As we all know, kids don't sit in corporate boardrooms and don't have the votes or economic power to make their voices heard. Yet, their success in life is absolutely essential to our nation's future. And when we stand up for all kids, we stand up for the best interests of our own kids

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.

One Big Factor In A Child's Early Life That Can Have A Lasting Impact

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents

With all the child development research out there, figuring out which methods to follow can be crippling. Should you embody helicopter parenting? Ban ...

White House Summit Recognizes Early Childhood's 'Persistent Army' But Battle Isn't Over

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

While we should celebrate this tremendous progress, we must also acknowledge that we still have work to do.

Neuroscience Improves Early Childhood Education Quality

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Who doesn't want the education and care for young children to be high quality? Parents look for it, advocates fight for it, policy makers debate it. But just what is it?

'Who's Looking for Me?': God's and America's Invisible Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope every Black leader, parent, grandparent and preacher will mount a united and irresistible voice to end the structural exclusion of millions of children from the education and other opportunities required to keep them from dead-end lives.

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

Improving the Odds for America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children have only one childhood, and it is now. We know what to do. We know what works. We must make it happen now by working together.

Still Concerned About What's Next for Early Childhood Education

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Laurel Bongiorno

There must be a vision for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms as engaging, interactive environments, full of open-ended opportunities for play as learning, and focused on early childhood learning guidelines that address the whole child's learning and development, not just on early academics.

Dear Family Whisperer: Help Me Cope!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Try not to typecast your boys. View them through a family lens: Your firstborn had you and his dad all to himself for more than half his life. Your second child came home to an already-formed household.

Preschools and Evidence: A Child Will Lead Us

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

These are exciting times for people who care about preschool, for people who care about evidence, and especially for people who care about both. Pre...

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children

George Halvorson | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Thirty minutes a day of reading can determine whether or not a child can read or not read -- and that interaction can determine whether a child will stay in school or not stay in school.

The Next Stage of Global Development Goals Must Include a Focus on Early Childhood Development

Todd Grindal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Todd Grindal

The continued large number of the world's children starting life at severe risk threatens the broader global goal of sustainable development.

Community School Collaborations--A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

Guest Bloggers: Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educati...

A Creativity-Focused Agenda for Early Childhood Education Policymaking

Michael Nobleza | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Michael Nobleza

Addressing the shortcomings of the K-12 education system requires that we devote a lot more attention and resources to early childhood education. We must have the foresight to lay a solid foundation of lifelong learning skills.

Kids These Days

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

At a lunchtime discussion group at the Iowa early childhood conference this week, the teachers were talking about the kids they know and teach. Actual...

Bored-o-Ed: An Educator's Plan for Making the NYC Public Schools Work

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.23.2013 | New York
Michele Somerville

If I could change one thing alone, I would change this: Currently New York City Public School students have physical education twice a week.

Rally4Babies Because Success Starts Early

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When infants and toddlers get a strong start, our nation prospers. Learning happens from the start, and so should our investments in children.