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Early Learning

What You Need to Know About Your Baby's Fine Motor Development

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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.

America's Middle Class Promise Starts Early

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make in America's future. Now is the time to redouble our efforts, not cut back. Doing right by our youngest children is essential to America's middle-class promise. We look forward to working together to make it happen.

Preschool: A Nonpartisan No-brainer

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Susan Ochshorn

Obama may well be hedging his bets. But as a believer in taxpayer-funded preschool for all (I prefer the term "public good," thank you), I like to think that the president's paving the way for the whole nine yards. How about that legacy, on which he seems to be working so diligently?

The Two Freds

David Kleeman | Posted 02.18.2013 | Media
David Kleeman

For someone in my field, merely having my name in the same sentence as Mister Rogers is a heady, humbling experience. I'm too old to have grown up with him as a "television friend," but young enough that his work was seminal to my career choice.

Education Begins Before School

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.21.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Most debates about educational reform have not embraced the most fundamental question: When does education begin?

Connecticut Moms Shut Out Of Pre-K Spots Start Montessori Petition

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Parents who feel shut out of New Haven pre-K spots have proposed a school reform idea of ...

N.C. Governor Issues Executive Order To Expand Pre-K Program

Sun Journal, New Bern, N.C. | | Posted 12.18.2012 | Education

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue Thursday issued an executive order authorizing the expansion of the NC Pre-K program to serve up to 6,300 additiona...

Will Mississippi Jump In And Provide Funds For Early Learning?

| Jackie Mader | Posted 12.18.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Advocates of a privately funded early education program in Mississippi ...

Charter Preschool: Coming Our Way

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

Two weeks ago, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced that Educare would be coming to Brooklyn next fall.