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This NC Preschool Teacher Loves Kids. But Low Pay And Lack Of Benefits Make It Impossible To Stay.

May 22, 2019
Lisa Phillip

Almost every day, 27-year-old Aubree Waddell takes her two youngest kids to the public library in Garner, to keep them busy. Today she’s sitting at a little table in the kids’ section with her baby daughter in her arms. Waddell’s four-year-old son, Micah is trying to read with his baby sister. WUNC’s Lisa Philip reports…

Full-day kindergarten bill for Colorado signed into law

May 22, 2019

This fall the state of Colorado is offering funding to families for full-day kindergarten after Gov. Jared Polis signed  HB19-1262  into law on Tuesday. Funds were set aside by the Joint Budget Committee in March, as the law is also expected to free up more than 5,000 preschool slots. Gov. Polis also signed  HB19-1055  into law, providing…

Preschoolers Who Watch TV Sleep Less

May 22, 2019

Preschoolers who watch TV sleep significantly less than those who don’t, according to new research by University of Massachusetts Amherst neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer, PhD, and developmental science graduate student Abigail Helm. More surprising to Spencer, 36% of 3- to 5-year-olds had TVs in their bedroom, and a third of those kids fell asleep with the…

Researcher brings tips on language development to local preschool

May 22, 2019
Mohave Valley Daily News

When’s the best time to begin teaching a child language skills? As early as possible, says Renata Zangl. Zangl has written a new book, “Raising a Talker,” designed to help children younger than 3 get a head start on their language skills. She recently gave a presentation for the staff at Little Scooters Preschool in…

The Keys to Helping Kids Overcome Poverty

May 22, 2019
Liz Farmer

Is it better to be born rich or smart? According to recent research on equity and education, for most kids, wealth trumps knowledge. The so-called American Dream is the exception, not the rule, says Georgetown University’s Anthony P. Carnevale. He’s the lead author of a new report with a sobering conclusion: Kids with low test scores…

Preschool has enduring benefits for disadvantaged children — and their children, new research finds

May 15, 2019
Anne Shimke

It’s not just at-risk children who reap long-term educational and earnings benefits from high-quality preschool programs. It’s also their siblings and their eventual offspring. The potential for preschool to lift multiple generations out of poverty is one of the key findings from a pair of new studies from University of Chicago professor James Heckman, known…

Novel scale correlates children’s snacking behaviors with external food cues

May 15, 2019

One in four preschool-age children in the U.S. have overweight or obesity, putting them at risk for multiple chronic health problems including cancer. Early and consistent exposure to such food cues may promote conditioned eating, where the cue itself becomes a signal to eat. Children may then learn to eat by exposure to external cues…

Preschoolers’ sleep affected by watching TV

May 15, 2019
Kristen Dalli

Recent studies have explored how children are struggling to get enough sleep at night, and now a new study could explain why sleep is eluding so many young people. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst recently discovered that preschool-aged children who watch TV are sleeping significantly less than those who don’t spend a…

7 Colorado education bills are being signed today: Here’s a breakdown of each one

May 13, 2019

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday was signing seven new education bills into law, on issues from student loans and financial aid to limits on suspensions for younger students. Here’s a breakdown of each one: Limits on suspending younger students HB19-1194  limits suspensions and expulsions for preschoolers through second-graders. The exceptions to the rule would only include…

Moms bear burden of Montana’s failure to fund preschool

May 13, 2019

Instead of a Mother’s Day gift, this year Montana legislators gave moms of young children an added burden. But not just moms; entire communities will suffer the results of their failure to provide any funding for preschool. Lawmakers left the parents of more than 1,400 young children twisting in the wind, unsure if their preschool…