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Early Childhood Development

Investing in High-Quality State Pre-kindergarten Wouldn't Pay? Really????

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.07.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

A few high-profile but misleading commentaries over the past few months have cast unwarranted doubt on the proposal by President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to support state pre-k programs and make them accessible to, at the least, all low-income young children.

Asphyxiating Education

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Just like the disastrous No Child Left Behind Act of the Bush era, in whose wake it follows, it's all about testing and uniform standards and the "rigorous" evaluation of schools and teachers; and it's clueless about the nature of childhood development, not to mention reality.

What Lady Mary Can Teach Us About Mental Health and New Moms

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Whether this complex fictional woman we have come to love is suffering from postpartum depression, as some speculate, or simply grief, I felt tremendous empathy for her and her infant son George.

Declaration on the Well-Being of NYC's Children

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jeffrey Sachs

We call attention to the overwhelming evidence that investing in the health and education of children is the highest-return investment available to society. We recognize the critical role of parents and a range of support programs that enrich the years of early development.

Reflections on a Milestone with ChildFund

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

With 75 years under our belts, the good news is that we are making progress -- tangible, measurable progress.

Read Every Day: A Healthy Prescription for Your Child

Dr Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD | Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents
Dr Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD

Reading builds motivation, curiosity and memory. It nurtures children and encourages them to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.

Getting Children Ready for School: It Must Start Years Before

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Children in developing countries rarely acquire the necessary building blocks, and in fact, they typically confront circumstances that serve to inhibit rather than encourage their proper development.

Reading Time's a Missed Opportunity for Life-Skills Learning

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.12.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

For a long time, we've been told, "read to children!" As important as this message is, it has frustrated me. It's not JUST reading to children that ...

No Family Left Behind

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Carla Thompson

Every child can succeed regardless of their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. The cycle of poverty in which many American families live is breakable; low-income families need to be viewed as assets, not barriers, to their children's success.

Anna Craycroft: On Being Understood

MutualArt | Posted 10.23.2013 | Arts
MutualArt

C'mon Language is a project that was designed to include the public in my private process of play and discovery. I have created an exhibition that is a public meeting place, inviting guests and audiences to explore these inquiries with me.

Investing in Tomorrow's Creative Leaders and Innovators

Michael Nobleza | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Michael Nobleza

The creative goes hand in hand with the analytical: It's not a matter of left or right brain but rather a focus on the whole brain.

Early Learning Is Everyone's Business

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

As I travel across the country to talk with school and community leaders about the importance of community schools, part of the conversation is always...

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.

Education's Elephant in the Room: Poverty

Sal F. Albanese | Posted 07.10.2013 | New York
Sal F. Albanese

For the last decade, New York City has been immersed in a debate about how to improve our failing schools. While significant progress has been made to improve accountability, student performance is still abysmal.

U.S. Early Education Focus Can Close Achievement Gaps -- and Political Ones

Hernan Vera | Posted 05.19.2013 | Latino Voices
Hernan Vera

The truth is that economic development in every community depends upon the existence of high quality, affordable child care and early education.

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.

Getting Preschool Right

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Laurel Bongiorno

Preschool children develop physically through running, jumping and climbing. Play is their context for deep learning and it is critical in preschool. Let's avoid the teacher-directed and worksheet-heavy model of the preschool classroom. Let's get it right.

Lessons From Pre-K That Work

| Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University. By Jackie Ma...

Bringing Your Work Home: The Psychology of Studying Your Family

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Peggy Drexler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhat does it mean when your role as a parent and as a professional overlap? How effective can you be as a scientist when your primary subjects are your family? And how effective can you be as a parent when your child is, at least in part, a means to an outcome?

How We Can Truly Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Dr. King is not coming back. It's up to us to redeem the soul of America. He told us what to do. Let's do it.

You've Got a Friend

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2013 | Women
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

No photo, witty posting or apt political cartoon can match sitting on a park bench with a friend. No amount of clicking "like" stands in for keeping me company before a scary mammogram. Friends take that seat next to you so you don't sit alone.

When Children Start School Behind, They Stay Behind

Katey Comerford | Posted 03.12.2013 | DC
Katey Comerford

Imagine starting a race knowing everyone will get a head start, except for you. Not exactly fair, is it? But for many children, this isn't too far off from reality.

Lawmakers Urged To Invest In Quality Early Childhood Education

The Huffington Post | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education

As Congress seeks to avoid triggering across-the-board cuts to education, the nonprofit First Five Years Fund is urging legislators to invest in quali...

A Thanksgiving Prayer to Stand for Children and Our Nation's Future

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest threat to our national security comes from our indefensible and foolish neglect of our children today, which will be the seeds of our nation's undoing if we do not act with urgency. As we give thanks, let's also stand for children who need our voice.

Forward for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

To move forward, America's security and prosperity depend on our children's ability to drive the economy of the future. Leaders must craft budget solutions that will protect the already porous safety nets on which so many children and families rely.