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What I learned from my kids’ preschool teacher


September 15, 2017
Janet Damaske

The first time I served as a parent helper in my son’s cooperative preschool class, I watched in silent horror as the 4-year-olds discovered their shared passion for glue. As pools of white gushed across the table, I cautioned the kids against wasting their supply. When that got no response, I stood there, stumped, yanking…

New York City wants to know: How effective is its training for pre-K teachers?


September 14, 2017
Christina Veiga

In New York City’s breakneck effort to offer free preschool to all 4-year olds, officials have banked on teacher training as a key way to ensure that  quality keeps up  with access. About three years into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature education  policy achievement , the education department and New York University are partnering to study whether that teacher training…

Progress over Pessimism


September 14, 2017
Sara Mead

Some days, it’s easy to despair of the possibility of progress in our country and world. Recent events in  Charlottesville , Virginia, fears over  climate change , insurmountable  economic inequality , seemingly intractable  political polarization  – one would be forgiven for thinking it would be best just to throw up our hands and crawl under the bed. In a smaller way, I’ve…

America’s poor performance on international tests could be traced all the way back to preschool


September 14, 2017
Abby Jackson

The US lags behind other countries when it comes to enrolling kids in preschool, according to a report released Tuesday by the  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Education at a Glance 2017 found that only 43% of American 3-year-olds were enrolled in preschool, compared to 73% for the OECD average, which is comprised of 35 member countries. For 4-year-olds, the…

Dems try to outflank Ivanka with child care bill


September 13, 2017
Burgess Everett

Senate Democrats are angling to take on Ivanka Trump and the Trump administration on one of her signature issues — making affordable child care a key plank of their “Better Deal” agenda. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will lead the introduction of the “Child Care for Working Families Act” on Thursday, an aide familiar with the…

Preschool In Hawaii: Expensive And ‘Ridiculously Hard to Find’


September 13, 2017
Suevon Lee

When it came time to find a public preschool for his 4-year-old son this school year, James Peck was one of the luckier parents. His son, Leo, is one of 15 kids enrolled in the inaugural preschool program at  Kamalani Academy , a new Hawaiian-focused arts integration charter school in Wahiawa that serves pre-kindergarten through grade 8….

Inequality of opportunity: The cost of the American dream


September 12, 2017

PAUL RYAN, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, recently tweeted that, “[i]n our country, the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life. This is what makes America so great.” The idea that every American newborn has an equal opportunity to enjoy the good life is false. But it isn’t…

What you learn in school, even preschool, will take you far in life


September 12, 2017
Nick Claussen

With another school year now underway, it’s a great time to reflect once again on just how important education is. I know school can be tough whether you’re in college, high school or younger, but the skills you learn at any educational level are going to help you in countless ways. For example, over the…

Children’s Trauma Lasts Long After Disasters, Studies Show


September 11, 2017
Sarah D. Sparks

From Hurricane Katrina to the Joplin, Mo., tornado, the past dozen years have given education researchers unwelcome opportunities to study schools in the wake of disaster. Lessons learned from studying those disasters may help Texas and Louisiana educators pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and, potentially, Hurricane Irma as Florida braced…

How good is your child’s preschool? A new test aims to give Floridians a better answer


September 11, 2017

Schools across the state are administering a new, more accurate test to thousands of 5-year-olds as they settle into their kindergarten classrooms this year. How good is your child’s preschool? Does it prepare children for kindergarten like it should? Should it continue to receive state money? Since 2014, it’s been harder for parents and the…