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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…

U.S. Supreme Court: Schools must raise standards so students with special needs can progress


March 22, 2017
Maureen Downey

The U.S. Supreme Court strengthened the case of parents children with special needs today when it ruled public schools must offer such students programs that meet higher standards and enable them to show progress. “As someone with a disability, who also knows what it means to parent a public school student with multiple disabilities, I am…

Diaper dilemma: Child care costs as much as a year of college


March 22, 2017
Darla Mercado

Cash-strapped millennials now have another expense to juggle, in addition to saving for retirement and paying student loans: They’re shelling out tens of thousands for someone to watch Junior. Across the country, the average annual cost of child care is approaching parity with the cost of in-state tuition at some universities, according to data from Child…

Despite Inclusive Policies, Refugee Children Face Major Obstacles to Education


March 21, 2017
Nicolle Schorcht

All refugees under the age of 18 are entitled to an education by international law, yet refugee children – especially those in urban areas around the world – are facing formidable obstacles in attending school and accessing other educational and support services. That’s the dire conclusion of the first-ever global study of urban refugee education r eleased in March by Teachers College, Columbia University….

Montana bill would give schools grants to offer preschool to lower-income 4-year-olds


March 21, 2017
Cole Grant

A bill entering the Montana House of Representatives Monday would create a voluntary preschool program for four-year-olds from lower income families. House Bill 563, or the Montana Preschool Grant Program, would give children who qualify access to what Rep. Kathy Kelker, D-Billings, says is high quality preschool education. “This is not babysitting, this is not…

Report: Los Angeles County Parents May Pay Nearly Half Their Income for Early Care and Education As Many Struggle with Shortage of Infant and Toddler Care


March 21, 2017

Parents with two children may pay nearly half their wages for child care in Los Angeles County, even as licensed early care and education centers are only able to serve 1 in 7 working parents with infants and toddlers, according to a new report that explores the resources and gaps in the early care and…

The Preschool Fade-Out Effect Is Not Inevitable


March 20, 2017
Deborah Stipek

Many policymakers tout universal preschool as a strategy for reducing the achievement gap that exists before children begin school, and for preparing all children for the increased academic rigor of kindergarten. Some studies have shown long-term benefits of preschool, but many find that by about 3rd grade, the advantage children who attended preschool had over…

NJ advocates pushing hard for long-awaited preschool expansion


March 20, 2017
Dino Flammia

Will New Jersey short-change its youngest students once again? That’s the concern from groups pushing for expansion of state-funded preschool — a move that was promised nearly a decade ago but never actually happened. As state lawmakers determine their financial priorities during budget season, and may also tackle the issue of inequities in the school…

Jennifer Garner urges Congress to fund early-childhood education: ‘A brain in poverty is up against it. I’m telling you.’


March 17, 2017
Valerie Strauss

Jennifer Garner, the actress and a member of the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit Save the Children, which promotes children’s rights, testified Thursday on Capitol Hill about the importance of early-childhood education for children who live in poverty. Appearing at a hearing of the House Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related…