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Middle-Class Families Caught in a Pre-K Squeeze

July 6, 2018
Lillian Mongeau

Here’s something you probably already know: High-quality preschool provides academic and social benefits for low-income children. Here’s something you may not know:  Preschool provides benefits, albeit smaller ones, for middle-class kids too . And yet, though most countries with developed economies offer public preschool as a standard benefit to all 4-year-olds, America does not. Instead, low-income parents here scramble for scarce public spots while middle-income…

The impractical cost of preschool: Like kindergarten, concerns raised over achievement gap

July 6, 2018
Eli Sherman

As school ends and summer begins, families are busy making plans for the beach, backyard barbeques and weekend getaways. But for some, specifically those with young children, the summer will be spent saving money to pay for next year’s preschool bill. “The reality is that the cost of child care outpaces what families can afford,”…

Why Texas’ poor job of caring for kids makes it critical to get the 2020 census right

July 5, 2018

Texas prides itself on a robust economy and thriving communities — but too often the state does a poor job of taking care of its youngest citizens. The just-released  2018 Kids Count Data Book  by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Texas 43rd in overall child well-being, making it one of the 10 worst states for kids. Though there were a few improvements in the report —…

Op/Ed: Early Education

July 5, 2018
Lisa Howard

There is more to the recently passed state budget than Medicaid expansion. Gov. Ralph Northam, the House of Delegates and  Senate  made early education a priority with $6 million in targeted investments. The debate about early education has shifted from expanding access to ensuring that high quality in the classroom is at the core of the…

Workforce report highlights gaps between early-childhood, K-12 educators

July 5, 2018
Linda Jacobson

Dive Brief: Over the past two years, median wages for educators working in the early-childhood field have increased by 7%, but those working in child-care and preschool programs still earn a fraction of what kindergarten and elementary teachers make, according to the  Early Childhood Workforce Index 2018 , released by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. Preschool…

Want a booming economy? Invest in early childhood development

July 3, 2018
Kim Doleatto

Why would an accounting firm include child well-being in their investment portfolio? Because it understands its longevity relies on children to grow into adult consumers, potential employees and active members of the community. That’s why KPMG, a global accounting firm, is one of more than 2,000 businesses who have partnered with ReadyNation, a national nonprofit…

Education by the Numbers: 9 Statistics That Have Made Us Think Differently About America’s Schools This Academic Year

July 3, 2018
Kevin Mahnken

Even with a perpetual media carnival unfolding around the Trump presidency, and ahead of midterm elections that could result in an even more hectic news environment next year, the events of 2018 have been shaped to an extraordinary degree by America’s K-12 schools. After a massacre at a Florida high school in February, the national…

Americans Love Families. American Policies Don’t.

July 2, 2018
Emily Badger and Claire Cain Miller

Politicians are united in their love for families. The very word — “families” — was among those said most often by Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton in campaign speeches. Democrats and Republicans have platforms for middle-class families, working families, military families. And candidates in need of character witnesses or podium backdrops routinely turn to…

Ohio governor race: DeWine says he wants to make these changes to Ohio’s early childhood programs

July 2, 2018
Bennett Leckrone

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to increase investments in early childhood development and education across the state, saying his proposed policy changes could give 20,000 additional Ohio children access to publicly funded early childhood programs. In a meeting with child care experts in Dayton on Friday, the Republican gubernatorial candidate heard policy suggestions and…

What we get wrong about the poverty gap in education

July 2, 2018
Mical Raz

If you have young children, chances are you’ve been to a pediatrician’s office and have left with a new book in hand. This is often part of a program, recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics, designed to promote literacy by providing families with age-appropriate books. Although such programs are uncontroversial and popular, the reasoning…