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Early Childhood Education

Early Learning Needs to Be National Priority

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 10.30.2014 | 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.

The Power of Partnerships in Early Education

Deborah Kong | Posted 10.24.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

California's momentum on early learning was in the spotlight this week, when the White House came to town for "Children: The Bay Area's Greatest Investment," a Town Hall in San Francisco that reenergized participants to recommit to doing more for our youngest learners.

When Apps Go Beyond Screens

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Daniel Donahoo

As, parents, schools and early learning spaces continue to explore and experiment as they try to make sense of these new digital tools there are an ...

Hillary Clinton and 'Too Small to Fail': Are We Too Big to Care?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

At the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) this past weekend, I got to hear Hillary Clinton talk about the AAP's partnership with her "Too Small to Fail" campaign. It made me happy -- and sad.

The Missing Piece: Discovering the Joy in Parent-Child Reading

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

If we hope to produce life-long readers, we need to instill a desire to read, not just because it is important for building a child's school readiness, but because it is fun and it builds parent-child relationships.

A Crappy Parenting Moment Turned Awesome

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

We have a motto in our family: Be kind. I talked about what that means, and the importance of having kindness in our hearts.

Fostering An Early Love Of STEM Through The Power Of Storytelling

Jeremy Scheinberg | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Jeremy Scheinberg

If we said the names Elsa and Anna or Lightning and Mater, most parents would immediately recognize the power that stories have to capture the hearts and minds of kids. So why aren't we using those amazing stories to answer kids' questions about the science and engineering they encounter everyday?

What Head Start Can Teach Us About Quality Education

Martine Singer | Posted 10.02.2014 | Education
Martine Singer

This fall we're welcoming more than 300 three- and four-year olds at Head Start sites in Los Angeles and Burbank. Head Start is the federal school readiness program that serves a million low-income children across the country.

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

Elaine Weiss | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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.

California's Early Learning Momentum Goes on

Deborah Kong | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

We must continue to raise quality in order to provide children with the kind of early experiences that are proven to boost high school graduation, increase college enrollment and completion, reduce crime and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Lessons for Early Learning

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

When I was growing up, my father designed most of the trains that ran throughout the Balkans and the sound of rumbling trains became a true childhood comfort.

Voting Yes for the Constitutional Amendment

Coreen K. Lee | Posted 09.10.2014 | Hawaii
Coreen K. Lee

With the implementation of the Early Childhood Education program, Hawaii will be able to define expectations of participating preschool programs including child outcomes, family engagement, curriculum aligned to state standards, etc.

The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Across the country it's back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children -- especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment to help every child succeed.

Let's Begin With Gandhi

Elissa Viggiani | Posted 09.04.2014 | 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.

Back-to-School Message: Stop Helicoptering, Start Teaching Self Control

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It is back to school time, but rather than waxing nostalgic about our memories (those smells of chalk, mixed with industrial strength cleaning fluid, ...

Education Drives Expanded Access to Opportunity in the U.S.

Russell Krumnow | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Russell Krumnow

Studies have shown that low-income children who attend high-quality preschool are more successful academically.

What's Being Done to Ease Detained Children's Trauma?

Sylvia Puente | Posted 10.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Sylvia Puente

My heart aches as I've learned that of the thousands of Central American children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border this year, as many as 800 are less than five years old -- and as many as 94 of these children aren't even a year old.

Education for the World We Want (Part 1)

Suna Senman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

How does a society that teaches preschoolers to play well, share toys and not hit raise highly educated leaders to justify revenge, invade countries and develop weapons to kill?

Why The Most Vulnerable Children Absolutely Need Preschool

| Sara Neufeld | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th KIDS COUNT Data Book, which has been providing the public with an annual glimpse into the well bein...

1,000 Days

Ed Gragert | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Ed Gragert

For me, the most important significance of the number 1000 is the number of days in the period from the outset of a woman's pregnancy until her child's second birthday--a period that in large part shapes the future health, education and welfare of the child.

Family Engagement: The Top of Everyone's Back-to-School Checklist

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

With the start of the school year just around the corner, now is an excellent time for all of us to renew our commitment to ensuring all children succeed. So what should be at the top of to-do lists as children head back to school?

How A 90-Year-Old, A Composer, And A Struggling Music Student Are Changing Education Forever

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

Critical thinking has been the buzzword in education for a while, but it's not critical or creative thinking. It's critical AND creative thinking.

White House Education Official David Johns Sparks the #TeachTheBabies Movement

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.21.2014 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

It's important to note how social media campaigns have helped to highlight the issue reminding everyone of how important the early years in the development of the brains of young people.

Head Start: A Durable Design for Early Learning

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Head Start -- the nation's commitment to giving the most vulnerable children and their families an opportunity to succeed in school and in life -- is an evergreen design. Let us make sure that its redesign 50 years later ensures it continues to be the window of opportunity to the American Dream for generations to come.

#AOLBUILD Hosts Director Extraordinaire Rob Reiner

AOL BUILD | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD "If you are a creative person, you try to create things that are an extension of yourself" - professed Hollywood's jack-of...