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Raimondo vows universal pre-kindergarten if reelected


September 11, 2018
Madeleine List

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday that if reelected she will guarantee that every 4-year-old in the state has a spot in a pre-kindergarten classroom. “I don’t think that you should have to be wealthy in order to have a chance to have a good, high-quality pre-K,” Raimondo said, sitting in front of…

Donor gives $13.8 million for San Diego early childhood education


September 11, 2018
Kristen Taketa

The San Diego Foundation has announced a $13.8 million donation to expand preschool in San Diego County. The funding is meant to close gaps in access to preschool, which is often so expensive that middle- and lower-income families can’t enroll their children. Many studies have shown that quality early care and education can close achievement…

How Low Can Preschool Teacher Salaries in the Boston Area Go?


September 10, 2018
Brittany Jasnoff

Preschool teacher Aiyauna Terry spent her days molding young minds at Ellis in the South End, but at home in Chelsea, she could barely make ends meet for her family. Between rent, food, and childcare, “we were pretty much living paycheck to paycheck,” she says. Terry’s story is not unusual in the world of early…

If we close the academic achievement gap, kids and community will reap the rewards


September 10, 2018
Maria C. Alonso and David Lawrence Jr.

“We will not rest until we have met the challenges of reaching all children. . . . None must be left behind. (We must work) to “keep the first cracks of the achievement gap from ever forming in the first place.” —Miami –Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho to educators at a back-to-school pep rally A…

‘Broken’ economics for preschool workers, child care sector


September 10, 2018
Sally Ho

SEATTLE (AP) — A dire child care workforce crisis amid a booming U.S. economy is compelling many industry players to turn to business tactics more closely resembling Wall Street than “Sesame Street” — including noncompete clauses for child care workers and client families, college tuition incentives for the workers and non-refundable wait list fees for…

Young kids are being shuffled from one activity to another — in school and out. Why that’s bad for them.


September 7, 2018
Valerie Strauss

Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist who has written important (and popular) posts on this blog about child development and the unfortunate way that many schools fail to meet the needs of young children. Her first, in 2014, was titled, “ Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today ,” and it is still read frequently around the world. This is her…

Teachers Are the Key to Quality Education


September 7, 2018
Cindy Cisneros

As we pause this Labor Day to celebrate the nation’s workers, we should also think about those whose profession helps prepare the citizens and workforce of tomorrow: early childhood teachers who work with children every day. A child’s first five years are the most critical for neurological development, with their brains forming more than one million…

Philanthropy Aids Rwanda’s Push for More Preschools


September 7, 2018
Laura Twagirayezu

In her mother’s eyes, Lucky truly is fortunate. The 5-year-old girl is learning social skills and her ABCs at a new preschool instead of playing at home or amid the maize and beans that her parents grow in Rwanda’s eastern Bugesera district. “Seeing my daughter going to school makes me so happy,” said Immaculate Zihinjishi,…

Election 2018: Key Gubernatorial Races Focus on ECE


September 5, 2018
Aaron Loewenberg

The midterm elections are now less than 65 days away. While the battle for control of the House and Senate continues to receive the bulk of media attention, there are a large number of gubernatorial contests underway that will play an important part in determining education policy for children across the country. As  this infographic  from the…

Governor Cuomo Announces $15 Million for Expanded Pre-Kindergarten in High-Need School Districts


September 5, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $15 million in funding is available to establish pre-kindergarten programs for three or four-year-old students across New York. A preference in funding will be provided to high-need school districts that do not currently have a State funded pre-kindergarten program. “It’s critical that every child in New York has equal…