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How a Memphis pre-K giant is changing the way early childhood educators are taught


October 20, 2017
Caroline Bauman

Morgan Bradley thought that teaching children at her church’s Sunday school would have prepared her to work in early childhood education. But the recent college graduate was shocked by all she learned at a recent training at Porter-Leath’s new  Early Childhood Academy . “I thought I knew how to work with little kids, but I didn’t know how…

Five New Early Childhood Education Programs Coming to Chicago


October 20, 2017
Ashmar Mandou

Nearly $1.8 million will be allocated in this year’s budget for five new, high-quality early education programming sites next year. These sites will be designed to meet community need, with input and insights from stakeholders from the communities. The city’s total early education allocation for the 2018 budget is $15.075 million, which remains consistent with…

Kentucky’s preschool, kindergarten programs effective but need greater investment


October 20, 2017
Ashley Spalding

High quality early childhood education has long been understood to be an important investment with a significant return. While our state has done more in recent years to expand access to preschool and full-day kindergarten, a new report from the state Legislative Research Commission shows there is real need for additional investments. Preschool The report…

IN Gov Holcomb Expects to Seek Second Pre-K Expansion in 2019


October 19, 2017
Eric Berman

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana just expanded state-funded preschool to 10 counties. Governor Holcomb is already planning to expand it again. Holcomb says he expects to ask legislators to further expand preschool in 2019, when the state writes its next two-year budget. He says getting kids’ education off to a strong start is part of building a…

Children whose parents speak a language other than English less likely to enroll in preschool


October 19, 2017
Ashley Hopkinson

Young children with at least one parent who speaks a language other than English at home are less likely to be enrolled in quality early childhood programs, although it is most critical for those students, according to a  national report  that includes a 30-state analysis on how different policies affect dual language learners. Titled “Dual Language Learners:…

Traumatic Experiences Widespread Among U.S. Youth, New Data Show


October 19, 2017

Princeton, N.J.—New national data show that at least 38 percent of children in every state have had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience or ACE, such as the death or incarceration of a parent, witnessing or being a victim of violence, or living with someone who has been suicidal or had a drug or alcohol…

Parental influence matters more, but investing in early education and care is a simpler way to secure improvements.


October 18, 2017
Edward Melhuish

How can policy makers best support children between the ages of two and three to help them do well once they begin school—through early education or influencing the home environment? It’s a vital question that many countries ask. We know that children who start poorly at school also tend to lag behind throughout their education….

A Barrier Removed for Low-income Parents Seeking Education


October 18, 2017
Priska Needy

There’s a new law on the books in California that will remove a barrier for low-income parents aiming to access education. Under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last week, poor parents enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) or high school equivalency courses will be eligible for subsidized child care….

From a voice of hard-won experience, a simple argument for early childhood education


October 18, 2017

Some things seem so obvious that it’s a wonder that they’re even a matter of debate. We know, instinctively, for instance, that if a child is given the tools to succeed early on in life that they are more likely to stay in school, stay out of trouble and go on to become an active and…

New York City to expand 3-K program to six new neighborhoods


October 17, 2017
Yoav Gonan

City Hall on Thursday announced plans to expand its pre-K education program for 3-year-olds in six new neighborhoods over the next three years. The free, full-day 3-K expansion comes in three phases, beginning with District 4, in East Harlem and District 7, in Queens, for the 2018-2019 school year. In fall 2019, the program will…