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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 ...

To Compete, Our Kids Need to Start Early and Learn Longer

Bill de Blasio | Posted 12.09.2012 | New York
Bill de Blasio

The jobs of tomorrow will require ever more skill and education, and we have to get serious about what it will take to prepare our kids to fill them. It begins with providing every child with quality early education.

What Will It Take To Improve School Readiness In Mississippi?

| Jackie Mader | Posted 10.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. The Hechinger Report is taking an extended look at why the children of Mississippi start b...

School Bus Driver Drops 4-Year-Old At Homeless Shelter

Posted 10.30.2012 | Education

LadyOurlove McInnis, a Minneapolis 4-year-old, was dropped off at a homeless shelter -- miles from her home -- after her first day of school Wednesday...

Will A New Conversation About Funding Pre-K Take Hold In Mississippi?

| Liz Willen | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. A new conversation about pre-k is emerging in Mississippi as citizens e...

The Early Childhood Education Gap In Mississippi

| Jackie Mader | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. The Hechinger Report is taking an extended look at why the children of Mississippi often r...

ACT Developing Career Test For Kindergarteners

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 07.02.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- A new digital tool to test academic and behavioral skills will target students starting in kindergarten. ACT, the organization that dev...

Tia Mowry Talks Motherhood

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
Earl Martin Phalen

"One thing I have learned about being a mom is that you give life to a child... but I think children also give life to you. I think it's reciprocal."

Business Leaders: Greater Preschool Access Crucial To State Future

AP | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- Inadequate preschooling is causing Michigan students to fall behind early, making it harder to develop the talented workforc...

As School Districts Compete for Federal Race to the Top Dollars, It's Time to Think Beyond School Walls

Hannah Matthews | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Hannah Matthews

School districts concerned with improving outcomes for children would do well to look to kids' earliest years. High quality early childhood education improves the odds for high needs children.

American Idol Fans and African Preschoolers: A Winning Team

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 06.24.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

American Idol fans can take a bow. Thanks to them, African preschoolers will be poised to step out on the stage of school and life, and shine.

Joy Resmovits

'Crisis' In U.S. Preschools As Spending Drops, Enrollment Climbs

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education

Before Diamande Montague started preschool, she was the kind of kid who clung to her mother's skirt. When she and her mom went outside and other kids ...

Another $133 Million Available For Race To The Top Early Learning Grants

AP | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has announced that five states that were finalists in an earlier competition for millions in federal dollars to...

Learning Through Water Play

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Water fascinates young children. A small bin full of water placed on a table affords hours of learning.

Joy Resmovits

Senator Planning Early Education Bill To Help Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.08.2012 | Education

When Sen. Tom Harkin asked a panel of education experts at a Thursday Senate committee hearing how they would improve the country's public schools, he...

Auction 2012: Greedy Bastards and Student Debt

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

Like banks and oil companies, those who run our universities push the hidden risk they incur to taxpayers. It's not as obvious as what we saw with subprime home loans, but it is potentially as destructive.

The Nation's Young Hit Hard By Recession, Squeezed Out Of Early Education

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shr...

California Plan To Scrap Kindergarten Program Spurs Protest

AP | TERENCE CHEA | Posted 03.14.2012 | Education

SAN FRANCISCO — California educators and childcare advocates are protesting Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to scrap a new program for children who are ...

My 'brilliant' idea

John Merrow | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Some years ago, when I still believed that I was a pretty clever fellow, I dreamed up a campaign to persuade young people to stay in school. What ins...