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Preschool Education

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?"

What Is a "Normal" kid?

Danielle Lindner | Posted 03.01.2016 | Parents
Danielle Lindner

It was a busy afternoon. I picked up both kids from school and made what seemed like my daily run to Whole Foods. I frantically filled up my cart wi...

Why Do Children Ask, 'Why?'

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 02.19.2016 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Children's innate curiosity plays a big part in their "why" questions. Their curiosity about the world around them helps to build concepts, skills, vocabulary, and understanding of the unknown. And you can help channel their curiosity and need to know why so that you help foster learning in a positive way.

4 Cheap Local Field Trip Ideas for Parents These Holidays

Vicki Palmer | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Vicki Palmer

Christmas is coming - and that means parents all over the country will have their children home for the holidays. This means a lot of opportunities...

The Misguided Promise of Pre-K for All

Natalie Flores | Posted 11.11.2015 | New York
Natalie Flores

Although every part of my being wanted to host a parade in celebration of such a promising measure, I could not help but to feel concerned about how the initiative will affect current and future preschool environments.

12 Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Child for Preschool (That You Probably Haven't Thought Of)

Vicki Palmer | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Vicki Palmer

Starting preschool is an adjustment for any child (and every parent). There are many small and simple things that you as a parent can do at home to help smooth the transition and assist in preparing your child for preschool.

8 Things Your Child's Preschool Teacher Thinks About You

Vicki Palmer | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Vicki Palmer

Parenting is hard. But there is no right or wrong. As early childhood educators, we can see that you are doing your best and only have your child's interests at heart.

6 Life Lessons I've Learned From Preschool Children

Vicki Palmer | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Vicki Palmer

They are positive, enthusiastic and energetic. They make friends easily and are walking, talking sponges, ready to learn and absorb all that the world will throw at them.

The Global Search for Education: From Poland

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.02.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Over the years, we decentralized governance and finances, increased teacher autonomy and opened education paths for students. Now teachers enjoy free...

The 13 Key Benefits of Early Childhood Education:
A Teacher's Perspective

Vicki Palmer | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Vicki Palmer

When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future.

10 Funny Jobs You Need to Fill

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Jobs. We all need them. Are you interested in creating jobs? I am too! Not in the traditional way, but in the literal one. Below are some jobs we need to create to make the world a better place at home and in the office.

The DIY Guide To Preschool Applications

Suzie Skougard | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

Start padding those resumes, just like you do to your own, and you're going to be rocking that "Proud Parent to an Honor Roll Student" bumper sticker in no time.

Let's Begin With Gandhi

Elissa Viggiani | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Elissa Viggiani

Gandhi used his words. He did not hit, kick, punch, or push even though he was probably hurt and mad. He took the time to find his words.

Free Preschool Bill Advances In California

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

By Jennifer Chaussee SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 29 (Reuters) - A bill to offer free preschool to 4-year-olds from low-income California f...

Why More Preschool Would Make The World A Better Place

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents

Stats like these make it hard to argue against expanding access to early childhood education. An infographic released recently by Rasmussen Colleg...

While Politicians Embrace Preschool, They Can't Find Ways To Fund It

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. From Seattle to New York, elected officials are calling for more c...

Early Education Spending Has Not Really Risen Since Obama Took Office

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

Further proof that words aren't enough: President Barack Obama has advocated for the importance of early education since his first presidential campai...

LOOK: This Is How Preschool Impacts Student Outcomes

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.09.2013 | World

If policymakers want to improve students’ scores on international exams, they should start by bettering education options for their littlest learner...

Basically Everyone Wants To Expand Preschool Options Now (Except For Congressional Republicans)

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

Who would want to deny children the opportunity to attend preschool and get a head start on their education? No one, really. Most people think it...

Lessons From a Box of Goldfish (Even the Whole Grain Kind)

Caron Gremont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

We are raising a generation of children who can use their parents' iPhones but not peel a carrot. And who prefer to quickly squeeze applesauce into their mouths through a pouch versus actually biting into and chewing a crisp apple. Food, which should activate and excite all of the senses, has become as flat and one dimensional as a pretzel.

INFOGRAPHIC: Latino Children Have Lowest Preschool Attendance Rate

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 08.14.2013 | Latino Voices

Latino children are lacking when it comes to early childhood development. The recently released Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual 2013 Kids Coun...

Our Schools Don't Add Up

Todd Buchholz | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Todd Buchholz

Churchill famously said to Franklin Roosevelt, "Give us the tools, and we will finish the job." We can't expect our children to finish the job unless we give them better tools.

Preschool Economics: Why High-Quality Preschool Pays Off

michigan nightlight | Amy Kuras | Posted 06.12.2013 | Detroit

This story first appeared in the June 3, 2013 issue of Michigan Nightlight. Can quality preschool learning for Michigan children be tied to a hea...

It's Time for Action: What Are We Waiting For? "The Greatest Cause That Can Be Served Is Childhood Education."

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 07.13.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

It is a known fact that over 90 percent of the brain is constructed and the road map for future social, emotional and physical development takes form through interactive relationships.

Universal Preschool: Use Innovation and Evidence to Make it Effective

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

Expanding preschool access is a terrific idea, but it will take a lot of money and a long time to put into place.