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Prekindergarten

The Promise -- and Challenges -- Of Universal Pre-K

Tom Allon | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Tom Allon

The mere existence of universal pre-k in New York is a giant step in the right direction. Amidst the hue and cry over dismal state test scores for third and eighth graders, we now have a new grade being established which can only be positive. But along with great opportunity comes great responsibility.

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.

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.

A Hand Up Is Not a Handout

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Let's do a mini-lesson in critical thinking. Here's a glossary of programs that many lawmakers love to hate. Let's examine whether they are a drain on or a benefit to individuals, their families and our communities.

Preschools and Evidence: A Child Will Lead Us

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

These are exciting times for people who care about preschool, for people who care about evidence, and especially for people who care about both. Pre...

Finding the "Universal" in Pre K

Gabriella Rowe | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Gabriella Rowe

A strong Pre K program enables young learners to WANT to be engaged in the learning process for years to come - no matter where they come from and what odds are against them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rally4Babies? If We Don't, Who Will?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

This virtual event aims to awaken Americans to the astonishing importance of the early weeks and months of life, when infants encounter the world with wonder and rapid learning that lays the foundation for all the curiosity and discovery that lies ahead.

The Nation's Young Hit Hard By Recession, Squeezed Out Of Early Education

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shr...