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Early Education

Provide Pre-K to 4 Year-Olds and Toddlers Too

John C. Fager | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
John C. Fager

This daunting challenge, that even some advocates of Pre-K education question whether a quality program can be assembled in such a short period of time, threatens de Blasio's progressive reputation and his ability to make government effective.

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.

The Startling Image That Opened My Eyes About My Daughter's Education

Morgan Shanahan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Morgan Shanahan

If you haven't been inside your child's classroom lately, find some time to go look around. Take note of what's lacking. And if you can afford to in even the smallest way, improve it.

A Fair Start for California's Children

Deborah Kong | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

On the same day that California Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget proposal, a new State Preschool Yearbook looking at California's early learning programs found that our state is moving in the wrong direction.

Another Zombie Idea

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

A zombie idea persists when it's "one of those things that everyone important thinks is true because everyone they know says it's true." A prime example is the oft-repeated citation of the Head Start Impact Study as proof positive that Head Start does not work.

Staunch Majority of California Voters Support Pre-K

Deborah Kong | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

Through these proposals, we can provide every four-year-old with high-quality pre-k and serve more of our most vulnerable infants and toddlers with evidence-based, comprehensive services that they need to thrive.

Pre-K Learning: How Young is Really Necessary?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | 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...

Early Education Spending Has Not Really Risen Since Obama Took Office

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

Further proof that words aren't enough: President Barack Obama has advocated for the importance of early education since his first presidential campai...

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.

Early Learning: This Is Not a Test

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

We often hear about the need to prepare our children for the knowledge economy and for life as accomplished adults and productive citizens. This is a noble priority, but it is no more than empty rhetoric unless we take the tangible steps we know will prepare kids.

Buzzword: Pre-K

Helen Blank | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Helen Blank

As students settle back into their routines, voters across the country prepare to head to the polls. This year, there's a common theme popping up across the country that's of vital importance: the value of expanding Pre-K.

Dream Weavers: Why Early Childhood Education Matters

Manny Chirico | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Manny Chirico

The fashion industry is built on dreams, imagination, and what's on next season's runways. However, if we don't provide the business with the basic tools needed to execute their strategy - such as manufacturing expertise, technical design capabilities, and systems and logistical support - our design teams will not be able to deliver quality product to our customers.

The Children Are Still Poor in America

Hannah Matthews | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Hannah Matthews

Today's poverty numbers should be intolerable. Our youngest children are still poor; we shouldn't expect them to do something to change that. And it's inexcusable that they are destined to spend the rest of their lives trying to play catch up.

Early Education: Playing to Win

Helen Blank | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Helen Blank

Several U.S. Senators and Representatives joined a group of children and their parents on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol today to participate in an eye-catching event: playing a spirited game of Chutes and Ladders on a jumbo-sized game board.

Ready to Learn?

Coreen K. Lee | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Coreen K. Lee

This month, thousands of keiki across the islands are starting their school careers as they anxiously begin kindergarten in our public schools. Yet, local studies tell us that more than 40% begin school without a solid learning foundation.

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.

The Numbers Are In: Sequestration Cuts 57,000 Kids From Head Start

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

For months, we have seen local stories of families and communities struggling to cope as Head Start programs have been forced to turn away children. And now we have added up all those cuts from across the country to better understand the national impact.

Does Obama's Early Education Proposal Have a Chance?

David Kirp | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
David Kirp

If early education is done well -- and the Obama plan builds in safeguards designed to assure quality -- there's abundant evidence that it's the smartest investment we can make in children's futures.

The Pressing Need for Preschool

Jonah Edelman | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

I'll assume that you, like 70 percent of Americans, support increasing access to high quality preschool. My goal, then, is to arm you with the facts so you can contact your Congressperson and senators about supporting President Obama's preschool plan today.

A Q & A with Super Mom and Anchor Andrea Morehead

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Earl Martin Phalen

I'm honored Andrea Morehead could share some advice for other busy moms and her thoughts on early education.

We Stand Together and Find Resilience in Our Grieving City

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 06.25.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

A day of celebration for so many became a day now forged in my memory with the heartbreaking loss of the lives of three innocent bystanders and a transit police officer, and the more than 200 people injured.

What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

Rae Pica | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Rae Pica

When I hear stories about teachers and administrators making decisions that create the impression they don't know children at all, I speculate about how different things might be if everyone understood child development.

Obama Promises Face Rocky Path Forward

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

The issue: One in 4 Americans doesn't earn a high school diploma on time. The nation lags internationally in the percentage of young people who compl...

Californians for President Obama's Early Learning Plan

Catherine Atkin | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

When President Obama releases his budget next week, we urge him to stand strong and announce a robust early learning budget proposal that truly puts the nation's earliest learners first. California is a ready partner for investing robustly and wisely in early learning.

Do Kids Really Need Preschool?

LearnVest | Posted 05.21.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

Preschool must all too often be purchased for a hefty price. In fact, preschool expenses are one of the most surprising costs of having a young child. So many of us pay the asking price, but is that cost really necessary? Are there less expensive options? And is preschool itself really all that important?