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Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Starts Early

Constance Mourning | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Constance Mourning

From my experience with both grades, I know firsthand that the kids who have been in Pre-K are better prepared for Kindergarten. They know what it's like to be in a classroom. They have a head start on reading and math. And they just generally find school easier to navigate.

America Can't Afford to Waitlist Its Children's Future

Mark Shriver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Shriver

Children without access to quality early education programs start kindergarten with an 18-month disadvantage, and that gap continues to widen. By the time they are in fourth grade, many cannot do math or read at grade level. And the simple reality is that they are unlikely to catch up.

This Is Why We All Need To Slow Down

Brenna Jennings | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Brenna Jennings

Let me drop the mic on this situation right now: my daughter is more important than whatever is waiting on your work email, or however long the line at Starbucks will be in five more minutes, or the traffic you're going to have to sit in anyway.

What It Would Take To Achieve Universal Pre-K In New York

Carol Kellermann | Posted 12.25.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Proposals to expand preschool opportunities in New York have been prominently in the news. They deserve careful consideration because, if properly designed and targeted, prekindergarten programs can have significant long-term benefits.

Getting It Right, Right From the Start

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Montgomery County achieved many of its successful outcomes for its graduating seniors by deciding from the beginning where they wanted their students to end up as they entered adulthood, and working backwards to build the right path from their earliest years.

The Kinder Chronicles, Part Two

Shaun Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Shaun Johnson

My title is kindergarten teacher. It may be the most difficult work I've ever done.

Kindergarten Singing 'Dayman' Is Absolute Adorable Overload

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Comedy

The FXX show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" can be described in a multitude of ways, but "adorable" isn't typically an adjective that might come ...

It's Common Sense to Come Together for Our Kids

Chris Dodd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Chris Dodd

When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together.

Unlocking Teacher Expertise

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Kindergarten teachers don't become kindergarten teachers because they want to pour over data. So when I give a talk to educators, I usually include what I call my "scariest slide ever," which is a picture of kindergarten teachers studying a spread sheet.

Which Kindergartener Did I Send to School?

Diana Grycan | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Parents of kindergarten-aged children are constantly in doubt. After spending 12 years teaching these little ones, I have concluded that there are three basic concerns that permeate a parent's mind as they cross into the giant threshold of elementary school.

When Children are Born Learning

Susan A. Buffett | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Susan A. Buffett

As a country we have looked to education as a road to equal opportunity - as a path to gaining knowledge, developing skills and learning behaviors that prepare children to do well as students, workers and citizens throughout their life.

Who Taught My Perfect Child to Manipulate Me?

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I want my children to experience all that they can in order to prepare and educate them for the best decisions they can make as they grow. And, I want them to do so in the most truthful and upstanding way possible.

What I Couldn't Help Telling My Kindergartner

Wendy Francis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
Wendy Francis

"I missed you today," I said. I know plenty of parenting books advise against saying this very thing to our kids; we're not supposed to make them feel guilty that we spent the day missing them. But it came out. It was the truth.

Letting Go When Your Grip Is Tighter Than You Think

Jenn Horton | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

I easily could have said, "You can do it, honey. I love you!" There wasn't fear in her eyes or timidity in her voice. She would have been better than fine. But I couldn't let go. I chose to hold onto her for just a little bit longer.

My Promise To My Son As He Starts Kindergarten

Kathy Glow | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Kathy Glow

I know you will have struggles. I know you feel insecure and alone at times. But you are YOU. You ARE bold and brazen and confident, and you make friends and put yourself out there. You are just fine. You are in kindergarten. And it will be awesome.

From Two Lines to 'Blurred Lines'

Amanda Magee | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

Things change as you move further from Baby Bjorns and lovies and closer to Top 40 and first loves. You are reminded again that you are making all this stuff up as you go, that there was no formal training in parenting,

Dr. Toy Talks About the Power of Construction Toys

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

The world-renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, wrote in his autobiography, "The maple-wood blocks are in my fingers to this day. These primary forms and figures were the secret of all effects which were ever got into the architecture of the world."

Do You Remember Your First Day of School?

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Do you remember your very first day of school? I recall having mixed feelings about starting Kindergarten in 1960 and I can recall the day quite clearly. Here's my story.

All I Really Need to Know About Admissions -- I Learned in Kindergarten

Eric J. Furda | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Eric J. Furda

As I straddled both sides of the admissions equation, one as decision maker and the other as parent, I was further reminded that beyond what is not within our control (the admission decisions), focusing on core priorities can guide an informative application process.

The Faithful Shopper: Best for Back to School, Part 2

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 10.28.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

As promised, the second half of the best of New York's stores for back-to-school shopping! Lester's - 1534 Second Avenue - 1102-1120 Avenue U, Bro...

The School of Hard Firsts

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Fifty
Rob Hiaasen

First day of kindergarten, 1964: My teacher is Mrs. Condon. She has very big hair and is clearly inferior to my mother. There are zero Tinker Toys in my classroom, which is clearly inferior to my bedroom. Mrs. Condon makes a fuss about the colored chalk. I've seen better

What Your Kid Really Needs to Learn in Kindergarten

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

When you are a new-to-elementary-school parent, you aren't quite sure what to expect. There is this strange pull somewhere inside you to make sure the teacher knows what an unusually smart and adorable child you are entrusting her with. Even if you didn't think you were that kind of parent.

Two Heartbeats

Jessica Halepis | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Jessica Halepis

I had no idea at the time, but while I was receiving confirmation of the life burgeoning inside of me, another heart, my grandmother's, had stopped.

A Letter to a Generation of Parents (on the Eve of Back-to-School)

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

They are looking for someone -- anyone -- to look at them. Someone who is willing to look past all the cocksure, iPhone-wielding bravado. Someone who is willing to look upon all their insecurity and awkwardness.

Everything I Want My Son To Learn Before Kindergarten

Devon Corneal | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Devon Corneal

To prepare him for the next chapter of his life, there are some things my littlest guy ought to know. If I could get him to sit still long enough to listen, this is what I'd tell him.