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Early education needs cause concern

May 11, 2018
Ty Tagami

Most Georgia public school students don’t master reading early enough to give them a strong chance of success the rest of their school careers, a trend that has so alarmed superintendents, CEOs and even former military leaders that they are calling it a threat to the state’s economy and even to national security. Students are…

Who’s Qualified? A Funder-Backed Effort to Open Up Early Childhood Teaching

May 10, 2018
L.S. Hall

What qualifies someone to teach preschool-age children? More to the point, is a bachelor’s degree necessary to be a qualified preschool teacher? It’s a debate that has raged for years—and it’s one with high stakes and no easy answers. Now, as early childhood education draws new attention, including from foundations and major donors, this question…

CA gubernatorial debate includes pledges for universal preschool from Democrats

May 10, 2018
Nico Savidge

Democratic candidates for governor of California reaffirmed  their support for universal preschool  during Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate in San Jose, pledging that they would work to make it a reality if elected. By contrast,  their Republican counterparts  opposed the idea of providing state-subsidized preschool for all low-income California 4-year-olds. All six leading candidates — four Democrats and two Republicans — participated in the event,…

Looking Back and Towards the Future: Abbott Preschool After 20 Years

May 9, 2018
Anisha Ford

In March, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy proposed the  first considerable increase  in the state’s pre-K budget in almost a decade. Coincidentally, the next day several organizations came together to commemorate the 20th anniversary of New Jersey’s Abbott preschool program and the landmark  Abbott v. Burke V  decision. It’s easy to understand the governor’s commitment to Abbott, as the pre-K program has…

Moving Beyond the Degree Debate

May 9, 2018
Linda Smith

The draft  Power to the Profession  framework outlining professional qualifications for early care and learning professionals has reopened a debate in the early childhood community that many felt had been put to rest with the publication of the  report  Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)….

How Does California Pre-K Measure Up?

May 8, 2018
Aaron Lowenberg

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently released its  2017 State of Preschool yearbook . For a summary of the national findings of the annual report about state-funded pre-K programs, check out my earlier article . While state-funded pre-K programs now exist in 43 states plus D.C., in sheer numbers California serves the most number of pre-K children out of…

28,000 LA preschoolers are learning how to be better humans

May 2, 2018
Priska Neely

I don’t want to be your friend. Stay away. I’m not going to share with you. These harsh statements are “very normal to hear at the beginning of the school year,” for preschool teachers like Rafaela Campos. To push past those moments of mean, she and more than a thousand other early educators in the…

Quality Is Crucial to Sustaining Benefits of Pre-K, Studies Stress

May 2, 2018
Christina Samuels

Plenty of early-childhood studies have shown that children who attend preschool start kindergarten with a measurable advantage over their peers who were not enrolled. But often, those same studies show that the academic progress of those two groups of children start to converge as the children move through school. By 3rd grade, the students often…

Texas’ pre-K doesn’t meet the gold standard; it’s only tarnished brass.

May 2, 2018

The  Abbott pre-kindergarten program  is among the top programs in the country. Unfortunately for young Texans, the outstanding Abbott pre-K program is not a Texas program named after Gov. Greg Abbott. It’s a New Jersey program named after a student in a court case. Today its goal is to provide all three- and four-year-old children residing in urban…

A New Deal for Day Care

May 1, 2018
Bryce Covert

Most Americans have long considered child care to be a personal problem rather than a collective one. But times have changed. Today, nearly  eight million  families pay nannies, day care centers, or some other provider to watch over their children, according to census data. This shift, from parental to professional care, has not been a happy one…