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DiDomenico Urges Action on High Quality Pre-K


July 18, 2019
Chelsea Record

[State] Sen. Sal DiDomenico recently testified before the Joint Committee on Education in support of his bill, S.265, An Act ensuring high-quality pre-kindergarten education. This legislation would expand preschool, using grants from the state, beginning with high-needs communities that are ready with a state-approved expansion plan. “Across Massachusetts, people are ready for more preschool,” said…

Tips For Keeping The Benefits Of Pre-K


July 17, 2019

July 13, 20198:26 AM ET Heard on  Weekend Edition Saturday SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Early childhood education is seen as a way to help close school achievement gaps. Researchers say that preschool can give children from low-income families a boost. That benefit doesn’t always stay once children get into kindergarten. As KPCC’s Priska Neely reports, there’s a lot that…

States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders


July 17, 2019
Alexandra Starr

Changes in education policy often emanate from the federal government. But one policy that has spread across the country came not from Washington, D.C., but from Florida. “Mandatory retention” requires that third-graders who do not show sufficient proficiency in reading repeat the grade. It was part of a broader packet of reforms proposed by  former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002 ….

Recap of the State House hearing on early education and care


July 17, 2019
Alyssa Haywoode

ast week, there was a standing-room-only hearing at the Massachusetts State House where parents, teachers, and advocates called on elected officials to increase access to high-quality, affordable child care, expand preschool, increase educator salaries, and other priorities. “Right now many parents struggle to access affordable childcare, and they often choose to stay home to avoid…

Report: Preschool Programming “Severely Lacking” in Representation


July 17, 2019
Kristin Brzoznowski

New research commissioned by Hopster has revealed that the majority of top preschool shows poorly represent disabilities, the LGBT+ community and the working class and have high rates of gender stereotyping. The report involved analyzing 50 of the most popular shows aimed at preschoolers on public-service broadcasting channels, streaming and VOD services. The research found…

Report finds every $1 Australia spends on preschool will return $2, but this won’t just magically happen


July 17, 2019
Jen Jackson

report released last week  showed quality preschool would deliver a two-for-one return on investment for Australia: that is, for every dollar governments invest in preschool, two dollars will be returned to the economy. Commissioned by early childhood research organisation the Front Project, and conducted by data analysts PwC, the analysis looked at the impact of Australia’s current system,…

Is Online Preschool a Good Enough Alternative for Young Kids?


July 10, 2019
Kipp Bentley

To the surprise of many, online preschool not only exists, it’s expanding. Thanks to some states’ desire to offer such programs to children with limited or no opportunities to attend traditional preschool programs, “online preschool” and “virtual kindergarten readiness” are getting lots of attention. Quality school-based early learning classes are understood to be an important…

Preschool for children with disabilities works, but federal funding for it is plummeting


July 10, 2019
Jackie Mader

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Lindsey Eakin’s son Corbin was only six months old when she started to suspect something was wrong. Corbin, her third child, wasn’t babbling or cooing like his two older siblings had at his age and he was experiencing chronic, painful ear infections. His pediatrician at the time wasn’t concerned. But by the…

‘Business as usual’ will not achieve global education goals


July 10, 2019
Silvia Montoya & Manos Antoninis

The generation that should finish secondary school by 2030 is now entering classrooms. But based on current trends, one in six children will still be out of school in 2030 and only six out of 10 young people will be completing secondary education. As leaders meet this week at the High-Level Political Forum ( HLPF )…

To smooth transitions from home to pre-K to kindergarten, states must invest in every aspect of early ed


July 10, 2019
Peggy Barmore

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Shenandoah Cochran, 34, greeted the two teachers at the front door of her elevated house in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, like family friends. Her youngest children, 5-year-old Daniel Pearson and Shenabelle Pearson, 3, abandoned a late-morning snack of fresh-sliced strawberries and mandarin orange pieces to join the trio of adults at the…