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Early 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.

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.

Celebrating 50 Years of Head Start

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

In a rural town like Hinton, Head Start was one of the only early educational opportunities available. It meant a lot to the families there, and still does today. I know, because it meant a lot to my family. That's right; I'm a Head Start kid.

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

Jennifer Garner: It's Up To Us To Break The Cycle Of Family Poverty

Jennifer Garner | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Garner

We have a saying at Save the Children: "All kids are born ready to learn, but not all are given the same opportunities to learn." The same goes for moms. It's up to all of us to break this cycle and help create brighter, bolder futures for families.

What Early Education Can Learn from the K-12 Choice Movement

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 05.08.2015 | DC
Katharine B. Stevens

The developing early education sector can learn a lot from the long history of its K-12 counterpart.

Let Us Lead: Remarks to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Robert A. DeLeo | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Robert A. DeLeo

Each year a key focus of my talk here is the economy. Since I first spoke to you, we have moved Massachusetts out of a recession, into a position of strength. Unemployment is down from January 2009 and we recently added the most jobs since 2008. Massachusetts is on the move.

A Caution to Early Educators

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Katharine B. Stevens

It's important to remember that getting money in the budget isn't nearly enough to realize the promise of early education. How early learning programs are designed and carried out is as important as whether they're done at all.

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.

Inspiring a World of Good Through Early-Childhood Education in Singapore

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 03.31.2015 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Wheelock was the first foreign specialized institution to work with Singaporean educators and administrators in early-childhood education and has been doing so for a quarter of a century.

Head Start: Embracing a Two Generation Approach to Early Learning

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 03.28.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

When Head Start was launched in 1965, at its core was the idea that families and communities were integral to supporting children's successful early learning and development.

Dispatch From D.C.: A Historic Day for Children at the White House

Deborah Kong | Posted 02.15.2015 | Education
Deborah Kong

As I listened to the president speak, it struck me just how important this day was for our children. This will be a day I look back to as a pivotal moment for early education.

Season of Giving: What Are You Getting for the Baby on Your List?

Matthew Melmed | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Matthew Melmed

We intuitively know that the first years of life are critical. But why are they so important? In short, a baby's brain is simply exploding with possibility and buzzing with activity.

Rebecca Klein

The White House Wants You To Know That Preschool Is Really Good For The Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers makes the case that investing in preschool education is absolutely worth it. The re...

Why I Am Voting for Women: I'm Not a Special Interest Group

Kristen Elechko | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Kristen Elechko

If we remain mired in the past, Massachusetts risks being swept into the sea of red that looms ahead for many states in this mid-term election. Therefore, it is critical that we vote with conviction and steady hand, as the way to lead ourselves to a much brighter future.

The Power of Partnerships in Early Education

Deborah Kong | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

California's momentum on early learning was in the spotlight this week, when the White House came to town for "Children: The Bay Area's Greatest Investment," a Town Hall in San Francisco that reenergized participants to recommit to doing more for our youngest learners.

Saudi Women Leaders Reshape Early Education

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
Rahilla Zafar

Education today clearly ranks as a top priority for Saudi Arabia. Early childhood education has also received government support and mainstream attention in recent years, due in part to two Saudi visionaries. Ilham Al-Dakheel and Samia Kazi have been a powerful force in helping to gain recognition of the importance of early education.

California's Early Learning Momentum Goes on

Deborah Kong | Posted 11.29.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

We must continue to raise quality in order to provide children with the kind of early experiences that are proven to boost high school graduation, increase college enrollment and completion, reduce crime and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Lessons for Early Learning

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

When I was growing up, my father designed most of the trains that ran throughout the Balkans and the sound of rumbling trains became a true childhood comfort.

Voting Yes for the Constitutional Amendment

Coreen K. Lee | Posted 11.10.2014 | Hawaii
Coreen K. Lee

With the implementation of the Early Childhood Education program, Hawaii will be able to define expectations of participating preschool programs including child outcomes, family engagement, curriculum aligned to state standards, etc.

Education Drives Expanded Access to Opportunity in the U.S.

Russell Krumnow | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Russell Krumnow

Studies have shown that low-income children who attend high-quality preschool are more successful academically.

Provide Pre-K to 4 Year-Olds and Toddlers Too

John C. Fager | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
John C. Fager

This daunting challenge, that even some advocates of Pre-K education question whether a quality program can be assembled in such a short period of time, threatens de Blasio's progressive reputation and his ability to make government effective.

What You Need to Know About Your Baby's Fine Motor Development

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Once young babies discover their fingers, parents are often thrilled to see their children learn to control those little fingers to grasp, pinch or fist. Child development experts call this process of learning to use the small muscles of the hands and fingers fine motor development.

The Startling Image That Opened My Eyes About My Daughter's Education

Morgan Shanahan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Morgan Shanahan

If you haven't been inside your child's classroom lately, find some time to go look around. Take note of what's lacking. And if you can afford to in even the smallest way, improve it.

A Fair Start for California's Children

Deborah Kong | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

On the same day that California Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget proposal, a new State Preschool Yearbook looking at California's early learning programs found that our state is moving in the wrong direction.