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Early Childhood Education

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

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 07.31.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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 07.17.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

"If you are a creative person, you try to create things that are an extension of yourself" - professed Hollywood's jack-of-all-trades, Rob Reiner th...

Democratic And Republican Voters Want More Preschool, And They Want It Now

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

Both Democratic and Republican voters want more of an investment in early childhood education, and they want it now, according to a new national poll....

Committing to Action at CGI

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

The Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI) meeting in Denver last week was a refreshing break from the staid conference circuit.

Poll: California Voters Losing Faith in Common Core

Emily Richmond | Posted 06.27.2014 | Education
Emily Richmond

The annual PACE/USC Rossier School of Education poll queried more than 1,000 Californians to gauge their views on a number of key issues, including the recent Vergara vs. California teacher tenure ruling and the job performance of state and national policymakers.

Infants and Toddlers Cannot Be Forgotten When Expanding Pre-K

Carla Thompson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

Over and over again, we are coming to the same conclusion - early investments in children's education reap a harvest of benefits for years to come for the children, their families and their communities.

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

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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.

Money Makes A Difference, Even In Kindergarten

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

The most important time for parents to make money may be during their child’s early years, according to a new academic paper. An article in the...

Support the Learning and Development of Our Youngest Citizens: It Matters!

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Inadequate compensation in early education helping professions remains one of society's biggest challenges. We have not been able to move the needle sufficiently on the issue of low wages in the early childhood field which keeps many talented teachers from joining the ranks and/or staying in the field.

Protecting The Sanctuaries: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Empowering Families to Set All Children on the Path to Success

Carla Thompson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

Contrary to being overrated, this significant body of research further emphasizes the need for us all to see all families as powerful contributors to their children's education and for schools and communities to work more authentically to create opportunities for parents to be engaged.

Schools in Slums: A Surprising Number of the Poorest Kids Are Enrolled in Private Preschools

Maya Ziswiler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Maya Ziswiler

There are many things a person expects to see when walking through Mukuru, a vast expanse of sheet metal and mud located just to the southeast of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and home to an estimated 270,000 people.

Tough Enough to Make a Difference

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

It's May and commencement time! Last weekend, Wheelock College and hundreds of other institutions across the country celebrated the proud tradition o...

Day Care Disrespect: Why What We Call Child Care Matters

Katherine Rose | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Katherine Rose

For those of us in the field of early childhood development, the term day care, so common that even an august institution like the New York Times would use it, day care is a maddening phrase.

Home Visiting: Setting Our Children Up for Lifelong Success

Diana Mendley Rauner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Diana Mendley Rauner

Nearly half of young children in our country live in low-income families, and a startling 25 percent live in what's classified as "deep poverty." Thes...

Reclaim the Promise of Brown v. Board

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

How is it that, 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended the legal basis for separate but equal schooling, some public schools in the United States have gleaming labs, libraries and laptops while others lack textbooks, toilet paper and teachers certified in their subjects?

Myths of Spoiled Children and Other Things

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

We love to hold fast to our points of view without regard to evidence to the contrary. This is particularly the case in so-called educational reform, where most of the prescriptions for what ails education are based on assumptions that are simply not true.

Making Strides for Preschool

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

New York City received a lot of attention recently with a bold promise made to some of its youngest residents: Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio's tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City's preschool program. New York City is moving forward for children -- and it isn't the only major city and school district making strides towards providing high-quality public preschool programs to as many children as possible. Several large districts that have been doing this for a while are already seeing strong results.

Making Equal Work for Equal Pay an Official NYC Policy

David Nocenti | Posted 06.08.2014 | New York
David Nocenti

While the focus has been on the negotiations with the unions representing New York City employees, missing from the picture are the thousands of union members whose salaries are entirely paid for with City funds, but who are not on the City payroll.

Teaching Our Boys to Face the Competitive Landscape of Today's World

Gabriella Rowe | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Gabriella Rowe

We need students who are okay knowing that there may not be a right answer and there may not be a winner. And this is the opposite of what we traditionally taught our boys as young children.

If Politicians Really Want To Save Money, These Initiatives Actually Cost Less Than Doing Nothing

Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

For many lawmakers, particularly in today's austerity-obsessed political environment, the only way to save a dollar is to not spend that dollar. But i...

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...

Preschool Problems in an Adult World

Suna Senman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

Placing emphasis on how we raise our children early on will help society overall when we choose our leaders, determine our policies and relate to one another.