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Children in Head Start who miss more preschool show fewer academic gains


May 16, 2017

A new study has found that children in Head Start who miss 10% or more of the school year have fewer gains in academics than their peers who attend preschool more regularly. Many researchers see high-quality preschool programs as a way to reduce long-term disparities in education. Placing an emphasis on attendance in preschool programs…

Transitional kindergarten shows positive results with ELL students


May 16, 2017
Pat Donachie

As transitional kindergarten assists ELL students who may be at different levels of proficiency and understanding when entering kindergarten, the approach could also be used as a way to combat the lack of universal early childhood education . While some children benefit from pre-K, with some cities pushing for universal pre-K (and even early childhood education for all 3-year-olds ), it is not possible…

Lawmakers set aside $1 million for online programs for Indiana preschoolers


May 15, 2017

Lilly Flynn hasn’t entered kindergarten yet but the 5-year-old from Georgetown, Indiana, is already reading at a beginner’s level, thanks in part to lessons she completes five nights a week after dinner, according to her mother. Lilly is one of about 100 children participating in a pilot project called UPSTART. The computer-based kindergarten-readiness program that…

Don’t Stop Improving


May 12, 2017
Simon Workman

As the old parenting adage goes, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Before you know it, that helpless little bundle of joy you brought home from the hospital is crawling around exploring the world, then talking and asking questions—constantly—and suddenly kindergarten is on the horizon. Every parent faces the same worries: Will…

How Much Do Toddlers Learn From Play?


May 12, 2017
Allison Gopnik

Any preschool teacher will tell you that young children learn through play, and some of the best known preschool programs make play central, too. One of the most famous approaches began after World War II around the northern Italian city of Reggio Emilia and developed into a world-wide movement. The Reggio Emilia programs, as well…

74 Interview: Harvard Researcher David Deming Takes the Long View on Head Start, Integration


May 11, 2017
Matt Barnum

In education research, most studies look at the short-term effects of policy: whether a given reform — vouchers, early childhood education, school accountability — immediately helps kids, usually as measured by test scores. But Harvard University professor David Deming plays the long game. Deming has produced several studies looking at the far-reaching effects of education…

Early Care And Education Webinar Series: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences


May 11, 2017
Alison May

Spring has sprung and along with songbirds, misty mornings, salamanders and bunnies in the backyard, comes NCSL’s webinar season. NCSL’s Early Care and Education project recently launched a  webinar series  covering a myriad of policy topics including early childhood literacy, prekindergarten and school readiness, brain science and research, child care topics such as subsidy, access and quality,…

National Head Start Association Recognizes CEOGC’s Performance with Five-Year Grant


May 11, 2017

The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) received notice at the end of April from the Office of Head Start (OHS), the federal agency that oversees the program, that CEOGC is eligible to receive a non-competitive five-year grant to continue delivering early childhood education services to eligible Cuyahoga County families with children ages…

Four Education Priorities Democrats and Republicans Can Agree On


May 10, 2017
David Jacobson

Education policy has become as polarized as the rest of American politics. In the new administration, disagreements over standards, funding, school choice, and students’ civil rights are sure to intensify. Yet despite this polarized state of affairs, liberal and conservative education priorities are converging in a number of important respects, driven in part by mounting…

New Tulare CA preschool ‘builds a bridge for future generations’


May 10, 2017
Calley Cederloff

Grandma’s House has been a staple in the Tulare community since 2008. Located in a 100-year-old historical home on Blackstone Street, the organization started out as an after-school tutoring facility. But Flora Johnson, founder, had bigger dreams for the site. “When I envision Grandma’s House, I wanted to have a literacy center,” she said. “Our…