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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…

Five things you should know about the people watching your children


June 29, 2018
Lillian Mongeau

More than 10 million children age 5 and younger spend their days in the care of 2 million adults who are not their parents. Those adults are mostly women and are disproportionately women of color. Even the best paid among them, those who teach kindergarten at public schools, are barely holding on to the bottom rungs…

29% of Children in Public Pre-K Are English-Learners. Are Schools Meeting Their Needs?


June 28, 2018
Corey Mitchell

Many state-funded preschools have done little to ensure that staff have the training and skills to support children from families in which languages other than English are spoken, a report from the National Institute on Early Education Research has found. In its survey and analysis of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam, the…

Idaho ranks last in the nation for early childhood education


June 28, 2018
Camie Yngelmo

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho ranks last in the nation for early childhood education participation. Idaho is one of only six states that does not invest in prekindergarten or school readiness programs. According to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation today, 68 percent of Idaho’s 3- and 4-year-olds are not attending…