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Early Education

A Q & A with Super Mom and Anchor Andrea Morehead

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Earl Martin Phalen

I'm honored Andrea Morehead could share some advice for other busy moms and her thoughts on early education.

We Stand Together and Find Resilience in Our Grieving City

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 06.25.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

A day of celebration for so many became a day now forged in my memory with the heartbreaking loss of the lives of three innocent bystanders and a transit police officer, and the more than 200 people injured.

What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

Rae Pica | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Rae Pica

When I hear stories about teachers and administrators making decisions that create the impression they don't know children at all, I speculate about how different things might be if everyone understood child development.

Californians for President Obama's Early Learning Plan

Catherine Atkin | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

When President Obama releases his budget next week, we urge him to stand strong and announce a robust early learning budget proposal that truly puts the nation's earliest learners first. California is a ready partner for investing robustly and wisely in early learning.

Do Kids Really Need Preschool?

LearnVest | Posted 05.21.2013 | Parents

Preschool must all too often be purchased for a hefty price. In fact, preschool expenses are one of the most surprising costs of having a young child. So many of us pay the asking price, but is that cost really necessary? Are there less expensive options? And is preschool itself really all that important?

U.S. Early Education Focus Can Close Achievement Gaps -- and Political Ones

Hernan Vera | Posted 05.19.2013 | Latino Voices
Hernan Vera

The truth is that economic development in every community depends upon the existence of high quality, affordable child care and early education.

Ed Today: Department Of Defense Schools Await Furlough News; More Early Education Details From Obama Administration

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Sequestration Nation? Department of Defense schools stillhaven't learned the extend of the effects of sequestration cuts, a fact that has rankled DoD teachers and families across the globe, we report. DoD schools across the globe could face up to 22 days of furloughs, but the body that governs these schools is still figuring it out. Some teachers want to find other cuts. "It seems odd that we're told we're mission-essential, but now, we can suddenly be furloughed," one teacher in the UK told me.

We Owe Our Kids Universal Preschool

Jonah Edelman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

We know pre-school works, so let's stop talking and start building a system where all children have access to excellent early childhood education. As any well-educated four year old could tell us, not doing so would be ridiculous.

America's Middle Class Promise Starts Early

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Kathleen Sebelius

Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make in America's future. Now is the time to redouble our efforts, not cut back. Doing right by our youngest children is essential to America's middle-class promise. We look forward to working together to make it happen.

Affordable Child Care Necessary to Reviving Gender Equality

Anika Rahman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Anika Rahman

Average child care fees exceed average housing costs among families with two children. In most states, the average annual cost for an infant in center-based care exceeds public college tuition. It's easy to see that for some women, it's financially more beneficial to stay at home.

The Adventures of Zelza Zero -- a Race to the Finish

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

Forty-five days seems like a short period of time to raise thousands of dollars, but in reality it's a long way to the end. You must have a plan for maintaining your energy, and a backup plan for when you don't meet your goals.

Early Learning for All: Yes We Can in California

Catherine Atkin | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

Two days after becoming the first U.S. President in history to call for preschool for every child in his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama rolled out an approach that aligns with what California's early childhood advocates have been calling for to ensure high quality early learning for our children.

Making the Smartest Investment for Our Nation Through Its Most Vulnerable Children

Carla Thompson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Carla Thompson

Even in these tight fiscal times, if our nation could invest in young children right now in a way that was certain to yield future benefits many times over -- not just for them but for every American -- wouldn't we call that a smart investment?

California Must Answer President Obama's Call to Invest in the Early Years

Catherine Atkin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

To put children on a path to success in life, we must begin much earlier, focusing on learning from the moment a child is born, building on gains made in preschool and fortifying their educational development in the early elementary grades.

Joy Resmovits

Obama's Big Push For Kids | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama is traveling to Georgia today to press a plan he announced in his State of the Union address to dramatically expand preschool. ...

Why the Head Start Headlines Are Wrong

Amanda Moreno, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Amanda Moreno, Ph.D.

If you take a bath on Friday, and get dirty on Saturday, this means the bath was ineffective. The preceding, clearly flawed, logic sums up the misguided hysteria over a recent HHS report showing that the positive effects of Head Start fade out by third grade.

What Not To Stress About When Choosing A Preschool

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents

Written by Melinda Wenner Moyer for Slate One morning last September, my husband dragged himself out of bed at 5 a.m. and rode his bike to a nearby...

Turnaround 2.0: Solutions in Pre-K to Third Grade to Help Failing Schools

Laura Bornfreund | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Laura Bornfreund

When education policymakers discuss how to improve low-performing schools, options such as adding pre-K, expanding the kindergarten day or focusing on instruction in the early grades are often left out of the conversation.

Tens Of Millions Of Dollars In Head Start Grants Still Undecided

Education Week, Bethesda, Md. | Lesli A. Maxwell | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education

The fate of tens of millions of dollars in Head Start grants that are up for grabs won't be known until spring, according to a spokesman for the feder...

Lawmakers Urged To Invest In Quality Early Childhood Education

The Huffington Post | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education

As Congress seeks to avoid triggering across-the-board cuts to education, the nonprofit First Five Years Fund is urging legislators to invest in quali...

Forward for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

To move forward, America's security and prosperity depend on our children's ability to drive the economy of the future. Leaders must craft budget solutions that will protect the already porous safety nets on which so many children and families rely.

Julian Castro: Pre-K 4 SA Passage Shows Belief In Education, Opportunity For Future Prosperity

Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

Voters in San Antonio, Texas narrowly passed a pre-kindergarten initiative that would create a full-day program for 22,400 4-year-olds over eight year...

Connecticut Moms Shut Out Of Pre-K Spots Start Montessori Petition

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Parents who feel shut out of New Haven pre-K spots have proposed a school reform idea of ...

The Bottom Line

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

How our nation treats its children reflects our societal values. Children can't vote. They depend on us -- parents, grandparents, pediatricians, teachers, and other child health advocates and professionals, to do right by them.

Will Mississippi Jump In And Provide Funds For Early Learning?

| Jackie Mader | Posted 12.18.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Advocates of a privately funded early education program in Mississippi ...