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Early Education

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.

Saudi Women Leaders Reshape Early Education

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 10.24.2014 | Education
Rahilla Zafar

Education today clearly ranks as a top priority for Saudi Arabia. Early childhood education has also received government support and mainstream attention in recent years, due in part to two Saudi visionaries. Ilham Al-Dakheel and Samia Kazi have been a powerful force in helping to gain recognition of the importance of early education.

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.

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.

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

John C. Fager | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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.