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Trump wants $3B cut to education this year


March 28, 2017
Michael Stratford

TRUMP WANTS A $3 BILLION CUT TO EDUCATION THIS YEAR: After proposing a $9.2 billion cut to the Education Department’s budget for next year, the President Donald Trump is now calling on Congress to slash nearly $3 billion in education funding for the remaining five months of this fiscal year, according to a document obtained by POLITICO….

California still has a way to go in offering ‘full-day’ preschool


March 28, 2017
Louis Freedberg and Susan Frey

Despite continuing efforts to expand learning time for young children, large numbers of low-income California children still lack access to full-day programs in state-supported preschool, according to a new EdSource report. The report, titled “Expanding Early Learning Time: Accessing Full Day Preschool and Kindergarten in California,” points to compelling research that shows that attending high-quality, full-day preschool is associated with improved learning outcomes for students. A study…

N.J. may extend background checks to include home-based daycare centers


March 27, 2017
Phil Gregory

A bill passed by the New Jersey Assembly would require criminal background checks for family daycare providers and any adult living there. Day care facilities that receive federal subsidies already perform the background checks. Cynthia Rice with Advocates for Children of New Jersey said the measure to extend that requirement to all registered day care…

Making a Book – and a New Life


March 27, 2017

The first-grader pasted a photo of his school’s water fountain onto a piece of construction paper and carefully copied the word “bubbler” underneath it. That page is just one of many that the child, a refugee from Burma, is creating for his book “My New School.” The boy is one of a dozen immigrant and…

Even Young Children May Understand What You’re Thinking


March 27, 2017
Henrike Moll

Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking. Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget , who is credited with founding the scientific study of children’s thinking, was convinced that preschool children cannot consider what goes on in the minds of others. The interviews and experiments he conducted with kids in the middle of the 20th…

Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger


March 24, 2017
MARTIN CRUTSINGER

A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday. The survey showed that more than half of young people age 25 to 39 who reported that as children they worried over things…

Battle of the soda tax PACs begins


March 24, 2017
Andy Smarick

“Big Soda” has a lot of interest in Santa Fe’s upcoming special election to impose a soda tax to pay for pre-kindergarten education and so does former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to campaign finance reports. The American Beverage Association has provided a $100,000 cash donation to Better Way for Santa Fe & Pre-K,…

A Working Mom’s Dilemma


March 23, 2017
Matthew Stone

As she searched for child care four years ago, Megan Stover wanted a provider who would offer her daughters a high-quality educational experience. Stover also needed to find someone who would accept a state-funded child care voucher to defray the steep cost of child care and make it possible for her to work. The state’s child…

Mario Batali Foundation Celebrates Its Triple Initiative To Invest In Boston’s Children With Programs Focused On Literacy And Nutrition


March 23, 2017

The Mario Batali Foundation (MBF) has made three major grants to improve literacy and nutrition for children in need in the Boston area. Kicking off the MBF initiative on Friday, March 31st at the Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) Geneva Avenue Head Start program in Dorchester, the Mario Batali Foundation and its three grantees — Books for Kids , First Book and FoodCorps – will join together to present…

In a long-neglected Denver neighborhood, an innovative preschool offers sanctuary


March 22, 2017
Ann Schimke

The new preschool in northeast Denver is nestled in one wing of a sleek modern building with neat rows of peas, turnips, and spinach flourishing in a huge garden out front. In gentrifying Denver, the scene is familiar—sparkling new construction rising up from the site of a razed shopping plaza. But the story of this…