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Will We Blame Politics For Killing Head Start?

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Hearing the National Public Radio (NPR) segment "How Politics Killed Universal Child Care in the 1970s," and following the avid dissemination of this ...

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,...

When It Comes To Publicly Funded Preschool, Are We Asking The Wrong Questions And Getting The Wrong Answers?

Todd Grindal | Posted 07.15.2016 | Education
Todd Grindal

As enrollment in publicly funded preschool grows, many policymakers are asking, "Does publicly funded preschool work?" This question seems sensible: preschool programs, especially high quality ones, do not come cheap.

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 ...

Helping Poor Kids Get Grit. Part 2: Building Grit - Early Childhood and Beyond.

Frank Islam | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Frank Islam

This is the second in a series of five blogs that we will post on grit and what it means for poor kids.

Welcome to Everyone

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As a child I hated not being allowed into the segregated library in my hometown. But I am honored and grateful that today the Marlboro County Public Library -- the Marian Wright Edelman Library in Bennettsville, SC -- provides a panoply of early childhood and adult literacy programs.

A Call to Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In New York City, over 150,000 children under five are poor. Last year, nearly 20,000 of these children slept in homeless shelters - enough to fill Madison Square Garden. From the moment they're born, children in poverty face an uphill struggle to survive, thrive and learn with so many odds stacked against them.

How Crayons Are Helping Our Planet and Not Just Our Minds

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 04.11.2016 | Green
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

The idea is simple. The Crayon Collection works to create a social shift with our children, build an awareness from a young age, and instills the concepts of collection, reallocation, and stopping wastefulness.

Tick, Tock, Tick Tock: Flint's Disposable Poor Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are we wasting time apportioning blame before the problem is fixed and the poor children and families of Flint have fresh, clean water to drink and cook with and bathe in?

A Federal Budget That Connects the Dots and Works for All

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The debates have exposed many attacks on the federal government. But in the midst of all the shouting, the candidates' vision of what the federal role should be is not always clear.

There Is A New Plan To Help Parents Afford Quality Child Care

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

Child care is more expensive than public college tuition in most U.S. states making it unaffordable for the majority of middle-class families, let alo...

Hillary's Record Says It All

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

As more Americans begin tuning into this election, it is hard to believe my ears when I hear people claim that Hillary Clinton needs to somehow burnish her credentials for promoting equality and fighting for working families.

Keeping the Commitment: Moneyball for Head Start

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

In Washington, D.C. there's no shortage of tinkerers who write about what they think Head Start was, is, and should be without ever fully experiencing...

We Need to Close the 'Word Gap' for Low-Income Children

Sandra Waxman | Posted 11.30.2016 | Education
Sandra Waxman

Closing the gap matters for several reasons. Most importantly, without access to high-quality childcare, infants and toddlers from low-income families face increasingly steep developmental challenges.

The Fadeout Shibboleth

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 10.29.2016 | 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 10.27.2016 | 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.

Recalling a Time When Congressional Bipartisanship Worked for Young Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A plethora of child care legislation has been passed over the past four decades but programs are still available to only a fraction of the children who need them. The quality of care provided to our children in their early years remains very inadequate, especially for the poorest children.

Lt. Gov. Candidate Suggests Head Start Is Used To Indoctrinate Kids

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's nominee for lieutenant governor in Kentucky, Jenean Hampton, suggested on Tuesday that the federal Head Start pro...

Early Childhood Education in the Balance

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.10.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Debate in early childhood education has largely shifted from the kindergarten to the pre-kindergarten. A lot of attention has been paid to the question, "Does Head Start work?"

Admiring the Problem, or Solving It

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.10.2016 | Education
Kati Haycock

In fall 2016, Jamillah will leave her Head Start classroom to begin kindergarten in a suburb of Washington, DC. Like many of her Head Start classmates, she is a tiny bundle of joy and curiosity; she loves colored pencils and books of all sorts, and adores singing the alphabet song.

Rebecca Klein

A Really Good Reason To Make Your Kids Watch 'Sesame Street'

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents

"Sesame Street" may give a lasting educational boost to children who watch it, a new study has found. But that doesn't mean long-distance learning sho...

Florida's Hiatus on Third Grade Retention a Good Start

Michael Lombardo | Posted 05.28.2016 | Education
Michael Lombardo

Lawmakers in Florida recently took a step in the right direction when they voted to put on hold a section of the state's longstanding education reform policy. For the first time since 2003, parents and teachers will have a say in whether their third grader will go on to fourth grade if the child doesn't perform well on their assessment.

Happy 50th Birthday, Head Start!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2016 | 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.

Rebecca Klein

5 Things You Should Know About Head Start On The Program's 50th Anniversary

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson announced the creation of Head Start, a program designed to provide early childhood education serv...