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Dear Baby, Before You Head Off To Kindergarten

Jessica Wolstenholm | Posted 07.21.2016 | Parents
Jessica Wolstenholm

When did you get so big? Not that long ago you were struggling to find steps but this morning you got dressed all by yourself. I beamed as you walked out of your room with a perfectly paired outfit; so proud but secretly relieved to see you struggle with the buttons on your shirt. Did you leave them for me?

Is Your Child Kindergarten Ready?

Stephanie Dua and Keith Meacham | Posted 07.19.2016 | Education
Stephanie Dua and Keith Meacham

School starts back up in a few short weeks, and the youngest students will embark on an entirely new adventure - kindergarten. As they stock up on newly-sharpened pencils and colorful lunchboxes, many parents are wondering, "is my child really ready for this first big educational step, and what does it mean to be kindergarten-ready anyway?"

To My Child at the End of Kindergarten

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

I can't believe you are almost done with kindergarten. It seems like just yesterday you were beginning to walk, unsteady on your chubby little legs. It may sound strange to you, but I wish kindergarten could last just a little longer. It went so fast.

Is Pre-K Really Necessary?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Pre-K is a modern invention. Kindergarten used to be the first year of school and now little ones often go to pre-k at three or even two. Setting the ...

4 Things Worse than Not Learning to Read in Kindergarten

Gaye Groover Christmus | Posted 07.18.2016 | Parents
Gaye Groover Christmus

The year Sam started kindergarten, he turned 6 in October. He was one of the oldest children in his class, and he didn't know how to read. When he sta...

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.

Book Review: 'Unplugged' is a guidebook for getting your kids outside

Joshua Berman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Joshua Berman

PHOTO: Jason Sperling; Members of the Running Wild Family Nature Club construct a shelter during one of their "unstructured" nature play meet-ups. Th...

Teaching My Child About the Transphobia Our Family Faces

Trevor MacDonald | Posted 04.26.2016 | Parents
Trevor MacDonald

My son heard me gasp aloud the other day when I saw a headline about the latest "bathroom bill" in the U.S. "What?" he asked. I said that some politicians passed a law that would require transgender men like me to use the women's bathroom, and transgender women to use the men's. His eyes widened and he said quickly, "But that's in other countries, right?" Yes, I assured him.

Hillary vs Bernie: Who's Right On the Philadelphia Soda Tax?

Laura Goldman | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Laura Goldman

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's proposed three cent an ounce tax on soda to fund universal Pre-K made national headlines this week when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed the tax. Bernie Sanders then came out against the tax labeling it regressive.

Everything I Needed to Know About Teaching I Could Learn in Kindergarten

Rick Ayers | Posted 04.21.2016 | Education
Rick Ayers

Farima Pour-Khorshid is one of the most brilliant social justice educators I know. She teaches bilingual kindergarten in Hayward CA and is now workin...

Learning to Read is Sucking The Fun Out of Reading

Rhiannon Giles | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Rhiannon Giles

The birthday boy sat down beside my daughter as she opened a book, "The truck is yellow," he read smoothly. My brain started in on the comparisons; he...

Podcast: How Does a 5-Year-Old Get Suspended 16 Times?

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

Have You Heard heads to Boston for a look at the controversial trend of kindergarten suspension. We go behind the data to bring you the story of a mot...

20 Names More Suitable Than Spring 'Break'

Chris Cate | Posted 03.24.2016 | Parents
Chris Cate

Spring break might be a break for kids, but isn't there a better name for the week parents must survive when their kids are at home all day from school?

Hell's Jenga

Rhiannon Giles | Posted 03.09.2016 | Parents
Rhiannon Giles

Kindergarten stresses me out. I don't think it is supposed to do that. But as I pull paper after crumpled paper from my daughter, Lorelei's, book bag ...

School District Invests in "Erasing the Look & Feel of Poverty," Sees Big Returns

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
MeiMei Fox

The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years. For these students, poverty brings a...

It's Actually Really Important That Kids Take The School Bus

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.29.2016 | Parents

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Hop on the bus, Gus. Students who ride the school bus in the critical ...

6: Not Just Blossom's Friend. In Her Opinionation, The Sun Is Gonna Surely Shine!

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

Last year on my daughter's fifth birthday I wrote "Forever Young. Want Her to Be Forever Young". On her sixth birthday I think how this year is so dif...

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)

NPR | Kimberley Richards | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents

Erika Christakis' new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash card...

School Choice: Identifying and Choosing Between Different School Cultures

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

For those who lament the notion that schools are a "business," I'm sorry they are. Even if we did nothing but chose our neighborhood grade school, they are in the "business" of attracting us to their "product" and to highlight that their product is the best in the entire market.

I Secretly Wished My Son Hated Kindergarten

Krista Pelton | Posted 01.29.2016 | Parents
Krista Pelton

All through the summer up to kindergarten starting, whenever someone asked me about school I never could give them a straight answer because I couldn't bring myself to sign him up. I was in denial of what was to come.

"My Dad Doesn't Like Black People": Explaining Racism to Young Children

Natalie Flores | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Natalie Flores

As adults, it is essential that we listen to the questions and concepts children bring up and explore the experiences they have had around racism.

Annette Naranjo: From Kindergarten to Who They Really Are

A Teacher Like You | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

We just have to give these kids a chance. A lot of teachers have this idea of structure and having to do things a certain way. But they're kids. I understand that we have to meet the standards, but they're still five. At the end of the day they're still so young. I think a lot of teachers forget that.

Here's Why American Parents Shouldn't Worry So Much

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.10.2016 | Parents

Parents only want what's best for their children -- but do we really know what's 'best' to begin with?

Moving Day: From New York City to Vermont

Nina Griffin | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Nina Griffin

Being a New York City mom wasn't for me. I had always envied the parents who could manage it with grace and style. But my personality and my kids' temperaments weren't conducive to urban child rearing.

It's Time To Close The Carried Interest Loophole

Bill de Blasio | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Bill de Blasio

Because of something called carried interest, the top 25 hedge fund mangers paid a lower tax rate than the average kindergarten teacher in 2014. Billionaire hedge fund managers don't need a tax break, and there is no reason this loophole should exist.