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How preschool teachers feel about science matters, new research finds

November 8, 2017
Lillian Mongeau

Whether or not preschool teachers offer science lessons and activities in their classrooms depends largely on how comfortable they are in the topic, according to  new research from Michigan State University . Teachers in the study “were very nervous that they were going to teach science inaccurately to children,” said Hope Gerde, an associate professor of human development and family studies…

De Blasio Finds Biggest Win in Pre-K, but Also Lasting Consequences

November 7, 2017
William Neuman

During high-pressure meetings to plan the expansion of prekindergarten during his first months in City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio would invoke the D-Day invasion of Normandy: There it is on the horizon, he would say, we are approaching the beach, we need a full-on assault. He spoke of it so often that a staff…

Signs of a Bright Future for Georgia’s Pre-K Students

November 7, 2017
Abbie Lieberman

This school year Georgia is celebrating  the 25th anniversary  of it’s public pre-K program, which has reached 1.6 million children since it began as a pilot in 1992. Georgia’s program became the country’s first universal pre-K program in 1995 and it now serves over 80,000 students per year –about 60 percent of the state’s four-year-olds– in a variety…

Election Day 2017: 8 Important Education Races to Watch Tuesday

November 6, 2017

After last year’s wild Election Day,  including nearly two dozen races and ballot questions that centered on education , Election Day 2017 is set to be a significantly sleepier Tuesday. That said, schools and students have come up in some of the state and local-level races. Here are some to watch: Virginia governor: Among the most closely followed contests this year, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, faces…

New Data Reveal 250 Preschoolers Are Suspended or Expelled Every Day

November 6, 2017
Rashid Malik

Twelve years ago, Yale University researchers uncovered a surprising fact: Preschoolers were more likely to be expelled than children in any other grade. In fact, preschoolers were being expelled at rates more than  three times higher  than school-aged children. Subsequent research found that the effect of this phenomenon was also racialized. A  report  by the U.S. Department of Education’s…

Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool

November 3, 2017
Jackie Mader

JACKSON, Miss. — LeMya Vaughn, wearing a pink shirt, her hair braided neatly, sat in a large red armchair, her feet swinging far above the floor, practicing her reading skills. She leaned in toward her laptop and looked at a sentence that read, “Bake me a cake.” The word “bake” was in red. The rest…

‘Babies Before Bezos’: Union protests $2 billion for Amazon bid amid child care debate

November 3, 2017
John Byrne

Carrying signs that read “Babies Before  Bezos ,” about two dozen union workers called on Mayor  Rahm Emanuel  and Gov. Bruce Rauner to spend more on child care subsidies, citing  $2 billion in incentives  dangled to lure  Amazon  to Chicago. The Service Employees International Healthcare union on Wednesday used the high-profile Amazon HQ2 bid to draw a distinction between what they said is…

Memphis may fund countywide pre-K with higher hotel taxes

November 3, 2017
Ryan Poe

The Memphis City Council may ask tourists to do what voters declined to do in 2013: fund universal needs-based prekindergarten for the first time in Shelby County history. Although still in planning mode and facing opposition from hoteliers, council member Kemp Conrad could on Nov. 21 propose subsidizing local pre-K operators within the city — possibly with revenues generated by…

In Britain’s Approach to Free Child Care, Lessons for the U.S.

November 3, 2017
Barbara Janta

Since 2010, every 3- and 4-year-old in Britain has been guaranteed  15 hours of free child care  a week for  38 weeks a year , the equivalent of a full school term. Most working parents of preschoolers can now claim  30 hours of free care  a week, a major advance for a country that long lagged behind its European peers in providing affordable, quality child care. Although it has a…

LEGO Education Brings STEAM Learning to Preschool Classrooms

November 2, 2017

LEGO Education announced its new Early Learning solution,  STEAM Park  designed to spark preschoolers’ natural curiosity in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Children work in groups of six with LEGO DUPLO® bricks to build an amusement park with rides and attractions designed to help them discover gears and ramps, experiment, and gain confidence with trial and error….