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Bayonne NJ makes room for 585 pre-k students

March 14, 2019
Rory Pasquariello

The Bayonne school district will soon be able to accommodate 585 pre-k students after it received more than $6.7 million from the NJ Department of Education to expand its full-day pre-k program in September of 2019. The district received $3.4 million last year, and a $770,982 grant the year prior to expand full-day pre-k to…

Soda tax-funded preK will drive Philadelphia’s future | Opinion

March 13, 2019
Meyata McMichael

PHLpreK has transformed the lives of my students, and it’s all thanks to the city’s sweetened drink tax. In 2016, leaders in Philadelphia united behind a bold approach to provide new opportunities to its most vulnerable and underprivileged kids to break the cycle of poverty, injustice, and inequity. The tax has generated  $137 million  in revenue, which…

Let’s put politics aside for the wellbeing of America’s children and families

March 13, 2019
Linda K. Smith and Kathlyn McHenry

A growing body of  research  shows that Americans  recognize  early childhood development as critical to the wellbeing of the nation. Across the country, states in all shades of red, blue and purple are stepping up to develop policies and invest in working families and young children. At the federal level, several policy proposals have been introduced in…

Joni Ernst, Mike Lee roll out conservative paid parental leave idea

March 13, 2019
Kimberly Leonard

New parents would have the option to use their Social Security benefits early in exchange for delaying retirement under a bill introduced Tuesday by Republican Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Mike Lee of Utah. Their bill, the Child Rearing and Development Leave Empowerment, or CRADLE, Act has emerged as one of several conservative options…

The case for affordable child care gains steam

March 12, 2019
Kim Doleatto

Mortgage, college tuition and rent are common big ticket items attached to adulthood, but child care can rival any of them. “There’s a lack of understanding that it costs a lot and why it does. We wanted to see where the money is going since early childhood teachers are some of the lowest paid workers,”…

2019 State of the State Addresses on Early Care and Education

March 12, 2019
Aaron Loewenberg

Now that January and February have passed almost all of the nation’s governors have delivered their annual State of the State address. These addresses are an opportunity for governors to set forth their legislative priorities for the coming year before an audience of state lawmakers. This year’s addresses were especially noteworthy for the early childhood…

New state superintendent sees early childhood education as key to closing racial gap

March 11, 2019
Logan Wroge

When Carolyn Stanford Taylor became one of the first black children to attend a formerly whites-only school in her small Mississippi hometown, initial hope and excitement about societal progress soon faded as the school filled its swimming pool with cement. Growing up during desegregation inspired Stanford Taylor to a career in education, culminating this year…

Exclusive: White House And Ivanka Trump Propose New Spending On Child Care

March 11, 2019
Tamara Keith

In the midst of a presidential budget proposal destined to generate controversy for its expected drastic spending cuts, White House senior adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump wants to have a conversation about increasing the availability and affordability of child care. NPR has learned that the 2020 White House budget set to be released Monday…

Will Jeff Bezos’ Billions for Montessori-Inspired Schools Help Early Childhood Education?

March 11, 2019
Lisa Guernsey

Last September, in a  surprise announcement on Twitter , Amazon founder Jeff Bezos declared that he would give away $2 billion to support struggling families and develop a preschool network. The news sent a lightning bolt through the world of early childhood, which is much more familiar with scarcity and budget cuts than it is with billion-dollar investments. Today,…

Pre-to-3: New ‘baby PISA’ study to include US 5-year-olds

March 8, 2019
Linda Jacobson

Educators and policymakers in the U.S. often cringe when new results from the  Program for International Assessment  (PISA) are released. Ranking the academic performance of 15-year-olds from industrialized countries throughout the world, the charts tend to show the U.S. in the middle of the pack and usually lead to speculation over why the American education system is not among the…