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Report finds every $1 Australia spends on preschool will return $2, but this won’t just magically happen


July 17, 2019
Jen Jackson

report released last week  showed quality preschool would deliver a two-for-one return on investment for Australia: that is, for every dollar governments invest in preschool, two dollars will be returned to the economy. Commissioned by early childhood research organisation the Front Project, and conducted by data analysts PwC, the analysis looked at the impact of Australia’s current system,…

Is Online Preschool a Good Enough Alternative for Young Kids?


July 10, 2019
Kipp Bentley

To the surprise of many, online preschool not only exists, it’s expanding. Thanks to some states’ desire to offer such programs to children with limited or no opportunities to attend traditional preschool programs, “online preschool” and “virtual kindergarten readiness” are getting lots of attention. Quality school-based early learning classes are understood to be an important…

Preschool for children with disabilities works, but federal funding for it is plummeting


July 10, 2019
Jackie Mader

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Lindsey Eakin’s son Corbin was only six months old when she started to suspect something was wrong. Corbin, her third child, wasn’t babbling or cooing like his two older siblings had at his age and he was experiencing chronic, painful ear infections. His pediatrician at the time wasn’t concerned. But by the…

‘Business as usual’ will not achieve global education goals


July 10, 2019
Silvia Montoya & Manos Antoninis

The generation that should finish secondary school by 2030 is now entering classrooms. But based on current trends, one in six children will still be out of school in 2030 and only six out of 10 young people will be completing secondary education. As leaders meet this week at the High-Level Political Forum ( HLPF )…

To smooth transitions from home to pre-K to kindergarten, states must invest in every aspect of early ed


July 10, 2019
Peggy Barmore

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Shenandoah Cochran, 34, greeted the two teachers at the front door of her elevated house in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, like family friends. Her youngest children, 5-year-old Daniel Pearson and Shenabelle Pearson, 3, abandoned a late-morning snack of fresh-sliced strawberries and mandarin orange pieces to join the trio of adults at the…

School’s out: Block out time for spatial learning


July 10, 2019
Corinne Bower, Lien Vu, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Summer is here—known for camp, beaches, and the  summer slide , where many children lose skills they gained during the school year. For young children, there are easy ways to exercise the brain while still enjoying the fruits of the season. Playful learning—child-directed, fun activities that support language, literacy, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—is the…

Refugees in San Antonio challenge, enrich preschools


July 8, 2019
Krista Torralva

Varshik Manda would cry every morning at the start of school. His teachers at the Pre-K 4 SA North Center didn’t know how to comfort him. He was 4, still spoke in his native language of Telegu and couldn’t tell his teachers that he missed his mom and newborn baby brother. Varshik was very quiet…

An Online Preschool Closes a Gap but Exposes Another


July 8, 2019
Nellie Bowles

FOWLER, Calif. — David Cardenas, a mechanic and the mayor of Fowler, knows families in his town want high-quality and free daylong preschool. But options are thin. A government-subsidized program fills up fast and fits only a small fraction of the town’s 4-year-olds, he said. A private program that closed a decade ago was unaffordable…

Dramatic differences in tests assessing preschoolers’ language skills


July 3, 2019

About 1 in 10 babies in the United States is born premature. These children are at an increased risk for adverse outcomes across a broad spectrum of neurodevelopmental domains, including language skills. They also are at an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as other behavioral problems. Preschool is a crucial time for…

Preschoolers Who Practice Phonics Show Stronger Math Skills, Study Finds


July 3, 2019
Sarah Schwartz

Young children who spend more time learning about the relationship between letters and sounds are better at counting, calculating, and recognizing numbers, a new study has found. Researchers from Liverpool John Moores University in England looked at the  reading and math learning experiences that young children have at home with parents . They asked the parents of 274 preschoolers—children who were on average about 4 years old—how often…