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Building Bridges with Head Start

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 08.08.2016 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Despite the pessimism in today's media and political discourse about the future and potential of this country, the opportunity for real and impactful ...

Head Start: Paving the Way for Continued Education

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

In a recent New York Times article, Jamie Merisotis and Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote about "College Kids, With Kids," describing how finding affordable,...

Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.29.2016 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Right now, many teachers are thinking about summer. No, I don't mean they're dreaming of days on the beach or at the pool; they're searching for way...

Early Head Start: A Stand Out Success

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 06.22.2016 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

It's a painful reality that too many children in our country face challenges beginning at birth. During a recent visit to the Head Start community in ...

While Trump Dumps on Women, Clinton Lifts Parents and Kids

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Ethan Rome

This election shouldn't be about the past, about looking backward and going backwards. It should be about the future. And that's what's at stake - building an America that's even better than the one we have now.

Why Do Children Ask, 'Why?'

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 02.19.2016 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Children's innate curiosity plays a big part in their "why" questions. Their curiosity about the world around them helps to build concepts, skills, vocabulary, and understanding of the unknown. And you can help channel their curiosity and need to know why so that you help foster learning in a positive way.

The Fadeout Shibboleth

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Although not frequently used, the term shibboleth precisely describes the oft-repeated, yet fallacious, assertion that the benefits of Head Start completely fade out by third grade,

Head Start Designation Renewal System 2.0

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

The Head Start community embraces accountability, but recognizes that continuous quality improvement is as important to the development of strong federal policies as it is to their work with children and families.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 2

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.22.2016 | 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.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 1

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.15.2016 | 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.

Happy Birthday Head Start!

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 05.19.2016 | 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.

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.

Brainzy Brings Fun to Early Learning Efforts

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As educators well know, the first few years of a K-12 education are no longer a "warming up" period for our youngest students. Like it or hate it, stu...

Helping Children Make Sense of Numbers: Number Sense

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Young learners love knowing that numbers can represent everything from a single, little pebble in the palm of their hand to the billions of grains of sand on a beach.

6 Ways to Develop Early Vocabulary Skills

R.C. Liley | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
R.C. Liley

When you start life as an at-home parent your infant, silence is inevitable and expected. Sure, there's crying and cooing, but unless you're caring for other kids at the talking age, you have no one to actually converse with when at home.

Early Childhood Educators Deserve a Living Wage

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Head Start programs are unique in the early childhood community in their focus on developing parents as teachers, partners, and leaders - and, where appropriate, as early childhood staff.

Learning to Count, Counting on Learning

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

What does it mean for your child to "count with understanding"? It means that he or she knows that the word one refers to a single object of any kind, the word two refers to two objects and so on. Here's where you come in, as parents and caregivers.

Cities That Work for Everyone

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

Cities, some would argue, are the world's greatest inventions, bringing productivity and opportunity to billions. But for many, cities are a hellhole of poverty and violence offering no visible way out.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

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.

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.

Beyond Pre-K: California Leaps Ahead With Comprehensive Approach From Birth

Deborah Kong | Posted 05.25.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

While preschool expansion is in the headlines across the nation, California is leaping ahead with a focus on building a comprehensive early learning system from birth through age 5.

10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

David Kleeman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kleeman

First and foremost, why jump straight to banning? Handheld devices are the "Swiss Army Knife" of modern life: a safety device to keep in contact with family and friends, a camera for documenting the world, a window to connect with grandparents across miles.

The Early Learning Challenge Fund: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Carla Thompson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Carla Thompson

Overall, I am extremely encouraged that the state winners understand the importance of informing, engaging and supporting families in their early learning efforts, so parents can partner with schools to help their children learn and achieve.

Innovation Earth: Make 'Home Ecologics' the New Home Ec

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

"Did you notice anything special about the way I washed the dishes?" I asked my husband, admiring my cleaning-up handiwork following the dinner he had...