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Early Childhood Education

Making Equal Work for Equal Pay an Official NYC Policy

David Nocenti | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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.

Pre-K Learning: How Young is Really Necessary?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama brought up the topic of universal Pre-Kindergarten learning and praised the programs alre...

10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

David Kleeman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kleeman

First and foremost, why jump straight to banning? Handheld devices are the "Swiss Army Knife" of modern life: a safety device to keep in contact with family and friends, a camera for documenting the world, a window to connect with grandparents across miles.

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.

Invest in Kids: Restoring the American Dream

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The American dream is in crisis. According to a recent nationwide poll by American Viewpoint, by overwhelming margins, American voters believe that the lives of children have gotten worse rather than better over the past decade.

Goodbye Sochi, Hello Diaper Olympics

Laurie Levy | Posted 02.28.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

I'm worried when policy makers think it's a good idea to want very young children to "excel" in their early learning. And I'm even more worried about young children being "rated" in their skill development.

Tackling the Childhood Literacy Gap

Rachel Johnstone | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Rachel Johnstone

When children under five are not read to before kindergarten, they are more likely to have drug and alcohol problems and are less likely to succeed as adults.

Duncan Says 'Preschool Education Is Ultimate Bipartisan Issue'

Jane Williams | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Jane Williams

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Bloomberg Radio's Jane Williams last week to talk about the state of education in this country.

Why Trust in Teachers Is Central to a Child's Academic Success

David DeSteno | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education
David DeSteno

There are three ways to learn: You can research and systematically analyze information, you can conduct your own experiments, or you can believe what people tell you. For adults, learning new things usually involves a mix of all three strategies. But for young children, the story is decidedly different.

Failing the Moral Test

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

I am disgusted with the way children are talked about in this context. Our language defiles the beautiful children in our collective care and demeans millions of parents who struggle every day to do their best in an increasingly hostile environment.

Could It Be The Year Of Early Childhood Education?

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Training students in the skills that industry needs and expanding ...

Don't Call It a Comeback... Yet

Emily J. Miller | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

The looming revenue collapse -- the one that will take place automatically at midnight on January 1, 2015 -- will reverse any progress we've made, and will plunge Illinois deeper into its hole.

A New Kind of Early Childhood Investment: Getting a 'Head Start' on Saving

Terri Friedline, PhD | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Terri Friedline, PhD

As poverty affects millions of children in the United States each year and is a growing economic condition, we need preventive, economic interventions to right these unequal paths before it is too late and to invest in all children so they have better opportunities to reach their life's full potential.

A Continuing Portrait of Inequality: The Black Child in Today's America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Black history is American history. I hope this Black History Month is not just about our history but about our obligation to protect our children and move our nation forward in our multiracial world.

Picky Eaters? It's Not About the Food

Caron Gremont | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

Have you ever carefully prepared a home-cooked meal (like roasted chicken with root vegetables and fresh herbs on top) only to have your kids refuse to take so much as a bite, insisting, instead, on eating those same nuked frozen chicken nuggets (again)?

California Must Answer the President's Call by Leading on Early Learning

Deborah Kong | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

As home to one in eight children in America, California is poised to lead the nation with the introduction of a landmark bill that will expand and improve transitional kindergarten (TK) to serve all four-year-olds.

A Year in the Life of Head Start

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

2013 was a particularly trying year for Head Start, a pillar of America's War on Poverty, as programs nationwide faced overwhelming budget reductions that hindered the ability to provide the high quality early learning the President spoke of during last year's address.

Governor's Budget Projections Mean Huge Cuts for Kids

Emily J. Miller | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

While Illinoisians rang in the New Year with family and friends, a little-noticed new forecast released by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) on the first of the year leaves no room for celebration.

The Early Learning Challenge Fund: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Carla Thompson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Carla Thompson

Overall, I am extremely encouraged that the state winners understand the importance of informing, engaging and supporting families in their early learning efforts, so parents can partner with schools to help their children learn and achieve.

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.

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.