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School’s out: Block out time for spatial learning


July 10, 2019
Corinne Bower, Lien Vu, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Summer is here—known for camp, beaches, and the  summer slide , where many children lose skills they gained during the school year. For young children, there are easy ways to exercise the brain while still enjoying the fruits of the season. Playful learning—child-directed, fun activities that support language, literacy, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—is the…

Refugees in San Antonio challenge, enrich preschools


July 8, 2019
Krista Torralva

Varshik Manda would cry every morning at the start of school. His teachers at the Pre-K 4 SA North Center didn’t know how to comfort him. He was 4, still spoke in his native language of Telegu and couldn’t tell his teachers that he missed his mom and newborn baby brother. Varshik was very quiet…

An Online Preschool Closes a Gap but Exposes Another


July 8, 2019
Nellie Bowles

FOWLER, Calif. — David Cardenas, a mechanic and the mayor of Fowler, knows families in his town want high-quality and free daylong preschool. But options are thin. A government-subsidized program fills up fast and fits only a small fraction of the town’s 4-year-olds, he said. A private program that closed a decade ago was unaffordable…

Dramatic differences in tests assessing preschoolers’ language skills


July 3, 2019

About 1 in 10 babies in the United States is born premature. These children are at an increased risk for adverse outcomes across a broad spectrum of neurodevelopmental domains, including language skills. They also are at an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as other behavioral problems. Preschool is a crucial time for…

Preschoolers Who Practice Phonics Show Stronger Math Skills, Study Finds


July 3, 2019
Sarah Schwartz

Young children who spend more time learning about the relationship between letters and sounds are better at counting, calculating, and recognizing numbers, a new study has found. Researchers from Liverpool John Moores University in England looked at the  reading and math learning experiences that young children have at home with parents . They asked the parents of 274 preschoolers—children who were on average about 4 years old—how often…

As India extends preschool education to all, incorporate gender sensitivity from the start


July 3, 2019
Samyukta Subramanian

n the midst of finalizing its  new education policy —27 years after the last  National Education Policy  took shape—India is one of the few countries in the world to extend the right to free and compulsory education for 3- to 6-year-old children. Policymakers will have the opportunity to remodel the education system and change the beliefs of young girls and boys…

It’s time for Iowa to treat preschool like the real education it is


July 1, 2019

Imagine your local school board member starts a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of operating a sixth-grade classroom. If private citizens don’t dig deep and donate, there will be no class. Fifth-graders wanting to advance to middle school will be put on a waiting list. Lucky winners of a spot will receive an education. Losers won’t. Ludicrous?…

Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind


July 1, 2019
Arika Herron

Step into Elizabeth Dobrow’s classroom at IU Health Day Early Learning center and odds are Devorius Price will greet you at the door. The 5-year-old is full of excitement about the class’ caterpillars, some of which have already formed their chrysalises. “They’ll turn into a butterfly!” Devorius will tell you, while pulling you by the hand over…

Childcare might become ‘available only in rich areas’


July 1, 2019
Hannah Richardson

Childcare in England risks becoming the preserve of the wealthy, unless a £660m funding gap in a free childcare scheme is plugged, MPs are warning. Severe financial strain has been placed on private and independent nurseries offering the government’s flagship free 30-hours scheme, they report. And those operating in poor areas are more likely to…

‘It makes us better teachers because we’re not carrying it inside.’ How one Detroit preschool helps educators cope with the stress of the job.


June 28, 2019
Erin Einhorn

It was a Friday morning in early May, just before Mother’s Day, when a group of preschool teachers settled onto oversized pillows and colorful beanbags for a conversation that would lead to tears, frustration and — eventually —  a sense of clarity on a delicate matter involving a child. Karen Massingille, a preschool behavioral health…