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Early Childhood

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

Improving the Odds for America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children have only one childhood, and it is now. We know what to do. We know what works. We must make it happen now by working together.

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.

Dear Family Whisperer: Help Me Cope!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Try not to typecast your boys. View them through a family lens: Your firstborn had you and his dad all to himself for more than half his life. Your second child came home to an already-formed household.

Preschools and Evidence: A Child Will Lead Us

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

These are exciting times for people who care about preschool, for people who care about evidence, and especially for people who care about both. Pre...

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children

George Halvorson | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Thirty minutes a day of reading can determine whether or not a child can read or not read -- and that interaction can determine whether a child will stay in school or not stay in school.

The Next Stage of Global Development Goals Must Include a Focus on Early Childhood Development

Todd Grindal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Todd Grindal

The continued large number of the world's children starting life at severe risk threatens the broader global goal of sustainable development.

Community School Collaborations--A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

Guest Bloggers: Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educati...

A Creativity-Focused Agenda for Early Childhood Education Policymaking

Michael Nobleza | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Michael Nobleza

Addressing the shortcomings of the K-12 education system requires that we devote a lot more attention and resources to early childhood education. We must have the foresight to lay a solid foundation of lifelong learning skills.

Kids These Days

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

At a lunchtime discussion group at the Iowa early childhood conference this week, the teachers were talking about the kids they know and teach. Actual...

Bored-o-Ed: An Educator's Plan for Making the NYC Public Schools Work

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.23.2013 | New York
Michele Somerville

If I could change one thing alone, I would change this: Currently New York City Public School students have physical education twice a week.

Rally4Babies Because Success Starts Early

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When infants and toddlers get a strong start, our nation prospers. Learning happens from the start, and so should our investments in children.

Will We Take a Bold Stand for Our Youngest Citizens?

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Today, thousands of preschool aged children are placed on a waitlist waiting for space to open in an early learning program while the most important developmental milestones of their lives pass them by.

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.

Preschool for All: Getting It Right

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Ellen Galinsky

I never, ever thought I would hear a president of the United States, much less a president in the State of the Union address, call for universal preschool. But two nights ago, I listened to President Obama do just this.

FibbStrong: What to Teach Kids About Lying

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 03.20.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Parents have an opportunity to use the Lance Armstrong story to teach their children their values about telling the truth. It begins with knowing what the truth is.

Talking to Young Children About the Death of Young Children

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It has been many years since my own very young son died, but we think of him often, especially on gray days like today, when he was born. We have created a living legacy to him in how we talked to our children.

Let's Take Life-Skills Learning Seriously

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

By rallying around the importance of teaching life skills to our youth we can all say we're for kids. But we're all just kidding ourselves yet again if we end up putting key intellectual qualities in a "soft skills" education bucket.

Having It All!

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

If you think you've heard what Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton University has to say on "not having it all" because you were among the 1.7 million people who downloaded her article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," from The Atlantic, you are only half right.

New Evidence: Early Ability to Focus, Have Self Control Linked to College Completion

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Learning how to learn plays a key role in whether children go on to graduate from college, a new study by Megan McClelland of Oregon State University and her colleagues finds.

To My Little Girl On Her First Day of School

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

You fought for your life -- to keep up, to be seen, to be heard and to be adored. And it worked. Little girl, you stole my heart.

Critical Investment Advice From Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest threat to America's national military and economic security and democracy comes from no enemy without, but from our failure to invest in and prepare all of our children for the future right now.

The Early Childhood Education Gap In Mississippi

| Jackie Mader | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. The Hechinger Report is taking an extended look at why the children of Mississippi often r...