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The difficulty of describing day care


September 25, 2017
Mark Peters

A NEW BILL in Congress could expand tax credits for families who use child care. Or should we call it “day care”? Or “preschool”? Or “nursery school”? Or “pre-K”? The terms that policy makers apply to early-childhood education evolve over time, and not just due to random shifts in bureaucratic fashion. While terms such as “day…

Head Start Center Opens at College


September 22, 2017
Mark Hiller

NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Hundreds of thousands of students are busy learning at college campuses across northeastern and central Pennsylvania. But at one local college, the age of some students might surprise you. You probably wouldn’t expect to see three and four-year-old children learning on a college campus. But that’s what’s happening now at…

The case for investing in high-quality early learning


September 21, 2017
Lillian Lowery

Imagine a preschool classroom where every child is engaged in positive social, emotional and developmental learning activities. Children would be smiling and happy, enjoying the interaction with their teacher and each other — whether they’re delighting in story time or constructing towering cities with colorful building blocks. Where parents are vigorously engaged in their child’s…

The most important year in a child’s life? Research points to preschool


September 21, 2017
Rachel Nania

With hours of finger painting and story time, preschool may seem like it’s all fun and games, but researchers say it’s arguably the most critical year in a child’s life. “It helps them get curious about how things work and how to find answers to problems so that they get excited about learning, and they learn…

How to Fix America’s Childcare Crisis


September 20, 2017
Michelle Chen

With Bernie Sanders’s unveiling of his Medicare for All universal health-care plan, there seems to be building momentum to reshape our social-welfare system in Washington, Trump be damned. So maybe now it’s time for another kind of care that’s eating up our family budgets: preschool. Progressive lawmakers have presented a straightforward policy fix for this…

Who benefits from Head Start? Kids who attend — and their kids, too


September 19, 2017
Matt Barnum

Early childhood education benefits more than the kids who participate — it also helps their kids, even decades later. A  new study  of Head Start, the large federally funded pre-kindergarten initiative that started in the 1960s, found that the children of kids who participated were substantially more likely to graduate high school and attend college, and less likely to…

How to Make Every Grade More Like Kindergarten


September 19, 2017
Anya Kaymenetz

When Mitch Resnick was growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, he and his little brother were always making up new games. For example, he says, “In the basement, throw a tennis ball so it goes between the pipes in the ceiling for two points, and bounces off the pipe for one point.” His parents…

While the rest of the world invests more in education, the U.S. spends less


September 18, 2017
Jill Barshay

The world’s developed nations are placing a big bet on education investments, wagering that highly educated populaces will be needed to fill tomorrow’s jobs, drive healthy economies and generate enough tax receipts to support government services. Bucking that trend is the United States. U.S. spending on elementary and high school education declined 3 percent from 2010 to…

There is no constitutional right to a high-quality public education. Should there be?


September 18, 2017
Valerie Strauss

In 2004, Congress declared Sept. 17 as Constitution Day, a federal holiday that requires all schools that receive federal funding to offer some type of “educational program” on the Constitution, though it doesn’t define what that should be (and it doesn’t have consequences for those that don’t). The effort to establish the day was led by…

Q&A with Dr. Beth Tarasawa about New Kindergarten Transition Study


September 18, 2017
Aaron Lowenberg

In July, I published  a report  that emphasizes the importance of the transition between pre-K and kindergarten and explores state strategies to ease the transition between the two grades. One of the report’s key takeaways is that school, districts, and states must all be engaged in making the transition to kindergarten less bumpy for children and families….