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Early Learning

Brainzy Brings Fun to Early Learning Efforts

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As educators well know, the first few years of a K-12 education are no longer a "warming up" period for our youngest students. Like it or hate it, stu...

Helping Children Make Sense of Numbers: Number Sense

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 12.04.2014 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Young learners love knowing that numbers can represent everything from a single, little pebble in the palm of their hand to the billions of grains of sand on a beach.

6 Ways to Develop Early Vocabulary Skills

R.C. Liley | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

When you start life as an at-home parent your infant, silence is inevitable and expected. Sure, there's crying and cooing, but unless you're caring for other kids at the talking age, you have no one to actually converse with when at home.

Early Childhood Educators Deserve a Living Wage

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

Head Start programs are unique in the early childhood community in their focus on developing parents as teachers, partners, and leaders - and, where appropriate, as early childhood staff.

Learning to Count, Counting on Learning

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

What does it mean for your child to "count with understanding"? It means that he or she knows that the word one refers to a single object of any kind, the word two refers to two objects and so on. Here's where you come in, as parents and caregivers.

Cities That Work for Everyone

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

Cities, some would argue, are the world's greatest inventions, bringing productivity and opportunity to billions. But for many, cities are a hellhole of poverty and violence offering no visible way out.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Lessons for Early Learning

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 11.16.2014 | 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.

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.

Beyond Pre-K: California Leaps Ahead With Comprehensive Approach From Birth

Deborah Kong | Posted 05.25.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

While preschool expansion is in the headlines across the nation, California is leaping ahead with a focus on building a comprehensive early learning system from birth through age 5.

10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

David Kleeman | Posted 05.11.2014 | 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.

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.

Six States Get Major Early Learning Grants

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six states were announced Thursday as winners of a combined $280 million in government grants to improve early learning programs f...

Innovation Earth: Make 'Home Ecologics' the New Home Ec

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

"Did you notice anything special about the way I washed the dishes?" I asked my husband, admiring my cleaning-up handiwork following the dinner he had...

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Starts Early

Constance Mourning | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Constance Mourning

From my experience with both grades, I know firsthand that the kids who have been in Pre-K are better prepared for Kindergarten. They know what it's like to be in a classroom. They have a head start on reading and math. And they just generally find school easier to navigate.

What It Takes to Help Children and Families Realize Their Full Potential

Carla Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

A series of conversations on our nation's most pressing education challenges took place last month during NBC News' Education Nation Summit. Focusing ...

Kid's Sports Are a Time for Learning Not Fighting

Coreen K. Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Coreen K. Lee

It's not just the coaches. Sometimes parents misbehave too. Yelling from the sidelines to "trip him" or "kick his ass" as their youngsters are on the field. Not cool. Especially when kids are so young.

Community School Collaborations--A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

Guest Bloggers: Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educati...

Why ABCs Matter As Much As 123s

Wandy Hoh | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Wandy Hoh

If our children are the future leaders of tomorrow, perhaps we need to consider the strong link between reading and creativity and why they are so important for building critical thinking and leadership skills.

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 First Lesson

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Proposals to expand Early Head Start make sense. Will they become a reality? It all comes down to that first lesson: that every baby matters. The next few months will demonstrate how well we adults remember that.

Early Learning on Speaker Pérez's Budget To-Do List

Catherine Atkin | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

With California's economy rebounding and the state budget stabilizing, we now face a critical choice about how to invest in our future.

Learning From the Past; Teach Your Children Well

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

There are many lessons to be learned in moments from our pasts. Teach your children well and remember that food can be your tool.

Joy Resmovits

This State's Children Could Get A Constitutional Boost

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

New Mexico is weighing a bill that could make it the country's first state to explicitly protect early education funding in its constitution. For ...

Universal Preschool: Use Innovation and Evidence to Make it Effective

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

Expanding preschool access is a terrific idea, but it will take a lot of money and a long time to put into place.