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School May Be Starting, But That Doesn't Mean Parents Stop Teaching

Frida Berrigan | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

I am in countdown mode. In just one week, Seamus Philip Berrigan Sheehan-Gaumer starts school. That's right, our 3-year-old will matriculate at The Friendship School in Waterford, Connecticut from about 9:30 in the morning until 3:00 p.m. five days a week. Yikes!

Utah Boosts Kindergarten Readiness With Literacy Games at Home

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

Children in Utah were coming to kindergarten unprepared to learn, but many parents were unwilling to send very young children to school. Transportation was another issue in rural parts of the state. To address the Kindergarten readiness issue, the legislature created UPSTART, a five year pilot program to test the potential of literacy software used at home.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 2

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.23.2015 | 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.

"It's a Ceremony!"

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

It's the season of graduations and my newsfeed is filled with caps and gowns and diplomas. This year, I had two kids doing the Pomp & Circumstance walk.

For My Son's Teachers -- Thanks for the Sanity!

Emily Crocker Skyrm | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Crocker Skyrm

As the end of the year approaches, I try to keep focused on what is ahead and help my son to do the same. But when he tells me he's scared about next year and that he doesn't want to go... I can't say I blame him.

What Early Education Can Learn from the K-12 Choice Movement

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 05.08.2015 | DC
Katharine B. Stevens

The developing early education sector can learn a lot from the long history of its K-12 counterpart.

Leaving Our Children Behind

Rep. Marc Veasey | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Rep. Marc Veasey

This week, we mark two years since President Obama laid the framework to provide universal high-quality preschool for every single child in America during his State of the Union Address.

A Caution to Early Educators

Katharine B. Stevens | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Katharine B. Stevens

It's important to remember that getting money in the budget isn't nearly enough to realize the promise of early education. How early learning programs are designed and carried out is as important as whether they're done at all.

4 Surprising Reasons Why Preschool and Kindergarten Must Change

Rob Furman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

We need to take a serious look at our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs before we have a generation of students so far behind they will never catch up.

Early Learning Needs to Be National Priority

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

State funding per child for preschool programs has declined over the last decade. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds participated in publicly-funded preschool.

Pre-K's Potential as Part of a Comprehensive Pro-Children Strategy

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

The evidence is in: high-quality early childhood education works. Whether it's parenting programs for mothers of infants and toddlers, state prekindergarten, or full-time care from infancy through kindergarten, these initiatives more than pay for themselves.

Memo to Three Year Old Slackers

Peter Greene | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It has come to our attention that your older brothers and sisters have been showing up to Kindergarten completely unprepared for the requirements of a rigorous education. It is time to nip this indolent behavior in the bud.

Two Cities, Two Students: One Future?

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

Of New York's 1.1 million public school students, one in 12 are homeless. Many live doubled up with extended family or are temporarily housed in hotels or motels. But more than 23,000 live in family shelters on any given day.

Provide Pre-K to 4 Year-Olds and Toddlers Too

John C. Fager | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
John C. Fager

This daunting challenge, that even some advocates of Pre-K education question whether a quality program can be assembled in such a short period of time, threatens de Blasio's progressive reputation and his ability to make government effective.

Staunch Majority of California Voters Support Pre-K

Deborah Kong | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

Through these proposals, we can provide every four-year-old with high-quality pre-k and serve more of our most vulnerable infants and toddlers with evidence-based, comprehensive services that they need to thrive.

Making Strides for Preschool

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

New York City received a lot of attention recently with a bold promise made to some of its youngest residents: Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio's tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City's preschool program. New York City is moving forward for children -- and it isn't the only major city and school district making strides towards providing high-quality public preschool programs to as many children as possible. Several large districts that have been doing this for a while are already seeing strong results.

Still Concerned About What's Next for Early Childhood Education

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Laurel Bongiorno

There must be a vision for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms as engaging, interactive environments, full of open-ended opportunities for play as learning, and focused on early childhood learning guidelines that address the whole child's learning and development, not just on early academics.

What No One Will Say About Pre-K

Evan Mandery | Posted 06.01.2014 | New York
Evan Mandery

The final budget deal includes $300 million for pre-K in New York City. It's all great unless you happen to live outside the city. The budget reserves a mere $40 million for pre-K in the rest of the state, a drop in a very large bucket.

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.

Pre-K Learning: How Young is Really Necessary?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama brought up the topic of universal Pre-Kindergarten learning and praised the programs alre...

Eva Moskowitz's Shameful Misuse of Civil Rights

Camille Rivera | Posted 05.13.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Moskowitz is trying to paint herself as a defender of black and Latino children, but really her war on Mayor Bill de Blasio is not about children or civil rights. It's about Moskowitz wanting more power, more profit for her 22 schools and demanding to get everything she wants.

Kress Now Lobbying for Pre-K... Testing

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Using tablet computers to measure a 4-year-old's social and emotional development -- and then applying those scientifically untested results to a teacher's job security -- is an invitation to corrupt the entire public school experience.

Failing the Moral Test

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

I am disgusted with the way children are talked about in this context. Our language defiles the beautiful children in our collective care and demeans millions of parents who struggle every day to do their best in an increasingly hostile environment.

French Lessons on Education Reform

Charles Kolb | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Charles Kolb

The French approach to education demonstrates a solid commitment to investing in youth human capital, and there is much that the United States can learn from the French example.

But What Kind of Universal Pre-K?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Alfie Kohn

Disagreements persist about the details of funding, but a real consensus has begun to develop that all young children deserve what has until now been unaffordable by low-income families. But here's the catch.