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Rising #UpForSchool

Sarah Brown | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Sarah Brown

Despite promises made by world leaders, progress on education has stalled, financial aid to basic education is being reduced and both schools and school children are under attack. And now young people see an attack on one student as an attack on them all.

What You Need to Know About Your Baby's Fine Motor Development

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Once young babies discover their fingers, parents are often thrilled to see their children learn to control those little fingers to grasp, pinch or fist. Child development experts call this process of learning to use the small muscles of the hands and fingers fine motor development.

Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

John McCormick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The time I've spent telling stories with my sons is one of the greatest treasures of my life. It has created a special bond between us, something that no one else does for them.

Where Are the Stories for African Children?

Deborah Ahenkorah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Deborah Ahenkorah

Growing up in Ghana, as my friends and I sat around the front of the school in our brown and beige uniforms waiting for our parents to pick us up, our conversations would inevitably turn towards our favorite characters in books: The Wakefield Twins from Sweet Valley High and the girls from Babysitters Club.

Rebuilding Education From Turmoil: The Spitler School in Cambodia

Laura Cococcia | Posted 08.09.2013 | Impact
Laura Cococcia

"Parallels can always be found between children everywhere in the world. Children are open vessels waiting to be filled. "

The Problem with 'Boys Will Be Boys'

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.06.2013 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

I know it's a lurid metaphor, but I taught my daughter the preschool block precursor of don't "get raped" and this child, Boy #1, did not learn the preschool equivalent of "don't rape."

Why the Head Start Headlines Are Wrong

Amanda Moreno, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Amanda Moreno, Ph.D.

If you take a bath on Friday, and get dirty on Saturday, this means the bath was ineffective. The preceding, clearly flawed, logic sums up the misguided hysteria over a recent HHS report showing that the positive effects of Head Start fade out by third grade.

Storytelling at Home for the Holidays

John McCormick | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

We spend too much time on shopping, entertaining, and shuttling around and too little time with the family. If only there was an alternative? Maybe there is. Try storytelling at home with the kids. It's the perfect activity for the holidays.

It Starts with a Story

John McCormick | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

Storytelling, in short, teaches a child to walk in another's shoes.

Why Men Don't Have It All, Either

John McCormick | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

For this working dad, rediscovering my own pursuit of happiness starts not at the office, but at home with my family.

Athletes on Trial: Explaining Steroid Use to Children

John McCormick | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When my baseball-loving son asks about Roger Clemens, what do I tell him?

Take the Father's Day Challenge

John McCormick | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

My family recently complained that Father's Day has turned me into a lazy bum. So this Father's Day, instead of just receiving gifts, I'm going to give back to my family.

Remembering D-Day this Father's Day

John McCormick | Posted 08.05.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When I became a father, I realized for the first time what it might be like to send a child off to war.

Storytelling in the Age of Screens

John McCormick | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

How do I tear the kids away from flashing lights and explosions and get them to sit with a book or tell a story?

Helping At-Risk Children Succeed in School: There's No Such Thing as Too Early

Anna M. Babin | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Anna M. Babin

How do we help children from lower-income families achieve their full potential in school and life? One fact is sure: Start early.

The Same Story? Again?! Storytelling as an Emotional Security Blanket

John McCormick | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

I used to wonder why my sons asked for the same story night after night. I came to the conclusion that kids simply enjoy the comfort of repetition. Think of it as an emotional security blanket.

Storytelling With Your Kids: How to Become a 'Story Dad'

John McCormick | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When dads tell me they don't know how to tell stories, what they're often saying is, they don't know how to talk with their kids.

Storytelling with Your Kids: Creating a Family Tradition One Story at a Time

John McCormick | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

As an overworked Dad, I'm always looking for ways to find more time with my kids. I've found that storytelling is the ideal activity to enrich family time by creating a fun, free tradition.

Integrating Educational Media in Early Learning Environments to Bridge the Achievement Gap

Robert M. Lippincott | Posted 06.13.2012 | Education
Robert M. Lippincott

Let's embrace technology for our youngest citizens in a way that will help them learn and grow, using this new statement as a guide as we craft strategies and tools to help narrow the achievement gap and better prepare all of our children for success.

The For Our Babies National Campaign Is Live

J. Ronald Lally | Posted 06.01.2012 | Home
J. Ronald Lally

Our mission is to establish a framework for healthier beginnings for babies that will lead to better functioning students and more productive members of society. Join us also to decry loudly and clearly the inadequate state of childcare provided to infants and toddlers in the United States.

Common Core Standards Pose Challenges For Preschools

Education Week | Jaclyn Zubrzycki | Posted 02.05.2012 | Education

Although the common-core standards are calibrated to ensure that students leave K-12 schools ready for work and college, they are also posing challeng...

Baby Steps For Early Learning

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

It's been a stellar couple of weeks for the U.S. Department of Education. And how often do we get to use that adjective for an agency ever under the gun?

Pre-School for All: The Time Has Come

Mark Shriver | Posted 08.16.2011 | Education
Mark Shriver

The science on early childhood education is unequivocal. If the U.S. were to make a deep investment in this overlooked part of the education spectrum, we'd diminish many social ills, and increase graduation rates and family incomes.

The Right Priorities for Our Working Families

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 05.29.2011 | New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Instead of marginalizing women, Congress must get to work on policies that can foster job creation and fuel economic growth. It's time to focus on solutions, not just for the fortunate few, but for every American.

A Little Love for Ben Bernanke

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mark Shriver

It was downright amazing when, speaking before a New York City spending watchdog group, Bernanke made the case for continued investment in early childhood education.