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Proof That Sean Spicer Treats The Press Like Rowdy Kindergarteners

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 04.06.2017 | Comedy

Does Sean Spicer’s bossy tone sound familiar? Remember kindergarten? On Wednesday, “The Daily Show” aired a mashup of the White House press secr...

Story Time With My Immigrant Mother

Christine Stoddard | Posted 02.24.2017 | Latino Voices
Christine Stoddard

I must’ve been in kindergarten when my younger sisters and I crowded around our mother to hear her read Disney’s The Little Mermaid book to us for...

Kindergarten Teacher Gets A+ Marriage Proposal, Thanks To Her Students

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 11.28.2016 | Weddings

One kindergarten teacher got a surprise marriage proposal that was chalk-full of sweetness, thanks to her students and wonderful boyfriend. On Oct. 2...

"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.28.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Ever since my second grandchild, Lilly, was born in October, people have been asking who she looks like. It's hard to say because ba...

An Adventurer's Guide To Back To School

Anne Armstrong | Posted 09.07.2016 | Parents
Anne Armstrong

My son and I read "The Kissing Hand" as we curled up together... our last night before he became a kindergarten student. I watched him drift off to sleep, knowing in the morning things would be different.

5 Ways My Child Is More Ready To Start Kindergarten Than I Am

Mommy Nearest | Posted 09.07.2016 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

As much as I try to be present in each moment, I know they are fleeting. September 6 is yet another reminder of this.

I Don't Want My Son To Read In Kindergarten

Jessica Smock | Posted 09.01.2016 | Parents
Jessica Smock

I realized that my son would probably do just fine in public school kindergarten, but only if he could go back in time and attend kindergarten in 1980, not 2016. My son is not ready for kindergarten in 2016.

Are You A SAHM Whose Youngest Is Entering Kindergarten? How Will Your Life Change?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2016 | Women
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Mothers with one or more children often face a life change when their youngest heads off to kindergarten for a full day. They feel restless unless they are a working mother because their daily routines suddenly change. They are open to new opportunities but aren't sure how to focus their energies. It seems to be helpful to know you are not alone with this new development and have many options.

Dear Kindergarten, You're Taking My Baby Away

Kristina Cappetta | Posted 08.12.2016 | Parents
Kristina Cappetta

Hello there Kindergarten. So we meet again. I remember you quite well from a couple of years ago when you lured my older daughter into your lair of learning. Now, you're back with all your fancy sight words and cutesy books. But, this time, you're going for the jugular.

A Letter To My Child's Future Kindergarten Teacher

Mia Carella | Posted 08.10.2016 | Parents
Mia Carella

As I sit here looking over classroom supply lists and counting down the last days of summer vacation, I am thinking about you. My "baby" will be entering your classroom in a few short weeks. She will be moving on to the "big school" (as she calls it), and she is so excited. I, on the other hand, am a little sad and scared.

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 05.14.2017 | 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 05.16.2017 | 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 05.09.2017 | 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 05.04.2017 | 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 04.27.2017 | 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 04.23.2017 | 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 04.22.2017 | 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 04.15.2017 | 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 04.09.2017 | 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 03.25.2017 | 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 03.06.2017 | 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 03.01.2017 | 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...