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Early Education Can Bring Back the Best of Ourselves


July 24, 2017
John Thompson

It’s always a thrill for this former inner city teacher to attend early education conferences. Conversations with early educators bring back memories of the values that inspired me as a young student, and the priciples we in public education celebrated when I entered the classroom. As usual, the Potts Family Foundation  Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition Business Summit  achieved a balance between…

Home-Visiting Study Explores Long-Term Benefits From Early Intervention


July 24, 2017
Christina Samuels

Supporting mothers in the first years of a child’s life has benefits to those children that ripple outward for years, particularly for boys. Researchers led by Nobel Prize-winning economist James J. Heckman re-examined the data gathered on mothers and children who participated in the  Nurse-Family Partnership , a home-visiting program that connects medical professionals and women in…

Negative childhood experiences have serious education consequences, experts say


July 21, 2017
Steve Gust

One expert calls negative early childhood experiences the most important public health issue of our time. Amanda Sheffield Morris, speaking last week in Oklahoma City, said bad experiences set the stage for academic struggles in school and possible substance abuse during the adolescent years. Examples of an adverse childhood experience, or ACE, are abuse, neglect…

Early Learning in the United States: 2017


July 21, 2017
Simon Workman and Jessica Troe

The importance of high-quality early learning programs, such as child care and preschool, for children and families in the Unites States is well-recognized. Research has demonstrated the  short- and long-term benefits  for children who participate in high-quality early learning programs, and more than  15 million children  have both parents in the workforce—making access to high-quality early learning programs an economic necessity. However,…

Child care advocates criticize plan to ease rules for in-home facilities


July 20, 2017

The state is proposing to relax rules governing in-home child care facilities, allowing them to have fewer employees and requiring less CPR and first aid training while potentially limiting inspections and the amount of information posted online. Child care advocates are criticizing the move by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, saying it…

Introducing High Quality Preschool 2.0: Targeted Learning can Also be Fun!


July 19, 2017
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

It’s a sunny Tuesday morning and two very different preschool classes, both with caring teachers, are having a “lesson” in vocabulary. Approach 1: [Children are sitting in circle time on the carpet around Ms. Mandy.] I want to teach you some new words today. The first word is “force.” Can you all say force? (Class responds…

New York City’s 3-K For All preschool program starts this fall. Here are five things we know so far


July 19, 2017
Christina Viega

New York City is starting to make good on a pledge to provide free, full-day pre-K to children who are 3 years old, an effort  announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio  this spring. Dubbed 3-K for All, the initiative is an expansion of the city’s popular Pre-K for All program, which now serves 70,000 4-year-olds across the city. While the effort…

Addressing Colorado’s ‘Child Care Deserts’


July 19, 2017

DENVER – Sheila Custard says her stomach ties up in knots on weekends when she thinks ahead to Mondays and Tuesdays, the two days she struggles to find child care for her 4-year-old daughter. Custard – who moved to Colorado a year ago and works for an Aurora human-resources company, usually can count on family…

WV Officials: quality preschool programs increase student achievement, benefits long-term


July 18, 2017
Kailee Gallahan

CLARKSBURG — With more than 15,000 students enrolled in pre-K programs, West Virginia is one of six states serving between 61 percent and 80 percent of their 4-year-old population. In 2016, West Virginia pre-K programs served 76 percent of the state’s 4-year-old population, according to Janet Bock-Hager, pre-K coordinator in the West Virginia Department of…

With growing national rancor over education, US mayors have the opportunity to lead


July 17, 2017
Bart Peterson, former Indianapolis mayor

The education policy discourse has grown increasingly toxic in Washington, exposing deepening divides over issues ranging from K-12 funding to school choice. This time of federal deadlock offers a new reminder that our nation’s mayors must take greater ownership of education. Mayors have stepped out on other prominent issues recently where the federal government has…