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Pre-K's Potential as Part of a Comprehensive Pro-Children Strategy

Elaine Weiss | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

The evidence is in: high-quality early childhood education works. Whether it's parenting programs for mothers of infants and toddlers, state prekindergarten, or full-time care from infancy through kindergarten, these initiatives more than pay for themselves.

Memo to Three Year Old Slackers

Peter Greene | Posted 08.22.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It has come to our attention that your older brothers and sisters have been showing up to Kindergarten completely unprepared for the requirements of a rigorous education. It is time to nip this indolent behavior in the bud.

Two Cities, Two Students: One Future?

Ralph da Costa Nunez | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez

Of New York's 1.1 million public school students, one in 12 are homeless. Many live doubled up with extended family or are temporarily housed in hotels or motels. But more than 23,000 live in family shelters on any given day.

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.

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.

Making Strides for Preschool

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

New York City received a lot of attention recently with a bold promise made to some of its youngest residents: Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio's tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City's preschool program. New York City is moving forward for children -- and it isn't the only major city and school district making strides towards providing high-quality public preschool programs to as many children as possible. Several large districts that have been doing this for a while are already seeing strong results.

Still Concerned About What's Next for Early Childhood Education

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 06.11.2014 | 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.

What No One Will Say About Pre-K

Evan Mandery | Posted 06.01.2014 | New York
Evan Mandery

The final budget deal includes $300 million for pre-K in New York City. It's all great unless you happen to live outside the city. The budget reserves a mere $40 million for pre-K in the rest of the state, a drop in a very large bucket.

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.

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...

Eva Moskowitz's Shameful Misuse of Civil Rights

Camille Rivera | Posted 05.13.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Moskowitz is trying to paint herself as a defender of black and Latino children, but really her war on Mayor Bill de Blasio is not about children or civil rights. It's about Moskowitz wanting more power, more profit for her 22 schools and demanding to get everything she wants.

Kress Now Lobbying for Pre-K... Testing

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Using tablet computers to measure a 4-year-old's social and emotional development -- and then applying those scientifically untested results to a teacher's job security -- is an invitation to corrupt the entire public school experience.

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.

French Lessons on Education Reform

Charles Kolb | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Charles Kolb

The French approach to education demonstrates a solid commitment to investing in youth human capital, and there is much that the United States can learn from the French example.

But What Kind of Universal Pre-K?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Alfie Kohn

Disagreements persist about the details of funding, but a real consensus has begun to develop that all young children deserve what has until now been unaffordable by low-income families. But here's the catch.

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

PRE-K CLASH

New York Magazine | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

On the weekend before his January 8 State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo had a phone chat with Mayor Bill de Blasio. The governor was deve...

Can Bill de Blasio Implement a Broader, Bolder Approach to New York City Education?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.10.2014 | New York
Elaine Weiss

The question now is whether the city will be at the forefront of the growing momentum to advance a more comprehensive, community-led approach to educational improvement?

How to Talk to Kids About Money

Neale Godfrey | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

You have to talk to your kids about money from a very early age, as this is when good habits start to form. Make sure that your kids come into contact with money, learn where it comes from and understand how it is used.

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

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.

Joy Resmovits

Congressmen Float Early Draft Of Obama's Pre-K Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the ranki...

Health Care and Education Reform: Double Trouble

Karen Gross | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Karen Gross

With all the linkages, there are two similarities between health care and education that have not received as much attention: a largely intractable problem, poverty, and a cautionary message about technology.

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.

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.