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Still Concerned About What's Next for Early Childhood Education

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Laurel Bongiorno

There must be a vision for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms as engaging, interactive environments, full of open-ended opportunities for play as learning, and focused on early childhood learning guidelines that address the whole child's learning and development, not just on early academics.

9 Common Parent-Teacher Conference Phrases, Decoded

Jeff Bogle | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I have, just today, finally and once and for all, decoded the common phrases spoken by teachers at all elementary school parent-teacher conferences from coast to coast.

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.

50 Super Quick Things I Want My Kindergartner To Know On Her 100th Day

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 02.26.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

Just be you. No one can do it better... But, call your mother while you're at it.

An (Over-The-Top) Guide to Reading Into Your Child's Valentines

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

Those at the top of their social game will choose a box of cards featuring an ensemble cast and give them out hierarchically. Simply put, you want your daughter to get the Jennifer Aniston, not the Lisa Kudrow.

Teaching Art Appreciation, One Platypus at a Time

Wendy Francis | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Wendy Francis

How hard could it be chatting about famous artists and their paintings with 5-year-olds? The 20-minute session seemed to swim with possibilities for great encounters and one-liners from innocent minds.

Doing Prekindergarten Right

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

American leaders are beginning to address the deficits in our country's early education system. However, President Obama's call for a major expansion of public prekindergarten education does not go far enough.

The Common Core In My Classroom: A Teacher's View

Teach Plus | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Catherine Tighe As we leave our morning meeting, my kindergarten students decide which learning center they will go to. Some mumble a quick outl...

A Million Dollar Opportunity for Mothers

George Halvorson | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

We can now predict with a high level of accuracy by age three which children will be able to read.

Kindergarten Is Too Late -- We Need to Strengthen Brains Earlier Than That

George Halvorson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Studies have shown that the children who come to kindergarten best equipped to learn to read have been read to -- on average -- nearly 1700 hours between birth and kindergarten.

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.

America Can't Afford to Waitlist Its Children's Future

Mark Shriver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Shriver

Children without access to quality early education programs start kindergarten with an 18-month disadvantage, and that gap continues to widen. By the time they are in fourth grade, many cannot do math or read at grade level. And the simple reality is that they are unlikely to catch up.

This Is Why We All Need To Slow Down

Brenna Jennings | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Brenna Jennings

Let me drop the mic on this situation right now: my daughter is more important than whatever is waiting on your work email, or however long the line at Starbucks will be in five more minutes, or the traffic you're going to have to sit in anyway.

What It Would Take To Achieve Universal Pre-K In New York

Carol Kellermann | Posted 12.25.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Proposals to expand preschool opportunities in New York have been prominently in the news. They deserve careful consideration because, if properly designed and targeted, prekindergarten programs can have significant long-term benefits.

Getting It Right, Right From the Start

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Montgomery County achieved many of its successful outcomes for its graduating seniors by deciding from the beginning where they wanted their students to end up as they entered adulthood, and working backwards to build the right path from their earliest years.

The Kinder Chronicles, Part Two

Shaun Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Shaun Johnson

My title is kindergarten teacher. It may be the most difficult work I've ever done.

Kindergarten Singing 'Dayman' Is Absolute Adorable Overload

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Comedy

The FXX show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" can be described in a multitude of ways, but "adorable" isn't typically an adjective that might come ...

It's Common Sense to Come Together for Our Kids

Chris Dodd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Chris Dodd

When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together.

Unlocking Teacher Expertise

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Kindergarten teachers don't become kindergarten teachers because they want to pour over data. So when I give a talk to educators, I usually include what I call my "scariest slide ever," which is a picture of kindergarten teachers studying a spread sheet.

Which Kindergartener Did I Send to School?

Diana Grycan | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Parents of kindergarten-aged children are constantly in doubt. After spending 12 years teaching these little ones, I have concluded that there are three basic concerns that permeate a parent's mind as they cross into the giant threshold of elementary school.

When Children are Born Learning

Susan A. Buffett | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Susan A. Buffett

As a country we have looked to education as a road to equal opportunity - as a path to gaining knowledge, developing skills and learning behaviors that prepare children to do well as students, workers and citizens throughout their life.

Who Taught My Perfect Child to Manipulate Me?

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I want my children to experience all that they can in order to prepare and educate them for the best decisions they can make as they grow. And, I want them to do so in the most truthful and upstanding way possible.

What I Couldn't Help Telling My Kindergartner

Wendy Francis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
Wendy Francis

"I missed you today," I said. I know plenty of parenting books advise against saying this very thing to our kids; we're not supposed to make them feel guilty that we spent the day missing them. But it came out. It was the truth.

Letting Go When Your Grip Is Tighter Than You Think

Jenn Horton | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

I easily could have said, "You can do it, honey. I love you!" There wasn't fear in her eyes or timidity in her voice. She would have been better than fine. But I couldn't let go. I chose to hold onto her for just a little bit longer.

My Promise To My Son As He Starts Kindergarten

Kathy Glow | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Kathy Glow

I know you will have struggles. I know you feel insecure and alone at times. But you are YOU. You ARE bold and brazen and confident, and you make friends and put yourself out there. You are just fine. You are in kindergarten. And it will be awesome.