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The White House budget puts America’s young children last

February 26, 2018
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

For a businessman who has promised to make America great again,  President Trump  has produced a budget that fails miserably by dis-investing in children now while running up a debt they will have to pay later. It may sound trite, but today’s young children truly are the only future America. Yet one in four of our children under…

Investment in early childhood education reduces crime big time

February 26, 2018
Jim Jones

Having served eight years as Idaho Attorney General (1983-1990) and 12 years as a member of the Idaho Supreme Court (2005-2016), I have gained a good perspective on crime prevention. Idaho has a fairly effective system for detecting crime and prosecuting criminals. However, if crime can be prevented in the first place, both the cost…

What is innovation in early education and why is it crucial?

February 23, 2018
Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones

The term “innovation” can conjure images of Silicon Valley, product pitches, dramatically new ideas for solving problems, and, ultimately, disrupting the status quo. Today, it’s a buzzword used in meeting after meeting — and in strategic plans to inspire change and improvement. It’s exciting for many reasons. What can be more challenging, though, is to…

St. Paul superintendent looks to expand preschool, close achievement gaps

February 23, 2018
Josh Verges

Preschool expansion and boosting the achievement of students of color and English language learners are on Joe Gothard’s agenda as he approaches his second year as superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools. Gothard on Thursday evening outlined a draft framework for the strategic plan that will guide the school district over the next five years….

Single state agency needed to coordinate California’s ‘patchwork’ of early childhood education programs, new report urges

February 23, 2018
Ashley Hopkinson

California will continue to lag behind other states in providing enough child care slots and diverse preschool options for all its nearly 2.5 million children under the age of 5 until it develops a more unified system that provides affordable care and makes it easier for families to enroll. That is a key recommendation in…

Flagstaff education advocates set focus on preschool, tech ed

February 22, 2018
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa

LAUNCH Flagstaff has released its first baseline report on education in Flagstaff. The organization focused on two of its five goals in the report: kindergarten readiness and post-secondary education and training. The organization plans to take the data back to its volunteer partners to determine the best possible solutions to meet the education needs of…

Pre-K education lifts all children

February 22, 2018
Tim Burgess

We are failing to prepare all of our children for a successful life, a reality that creates injustice and social inequity, harms our long-term economic prospects, and costs all of us a lot of money. This tragic fact is most evident when we look at education achievement. Less than half of Seattle’s low-income children and…

What Do Would-Be Governors Have to Say About Education?

February 21, 2018
Frederick M. Hess and Sofia Gallo

As seen from Washington over the past few years, the education debate has been dominated by school choice, K–12 accountability, college costs, and free speech on campus. But the real action on education tends to be in the states — which are constitutionally responsible for providing education and where  roughly one-third of each year’s budget is typically…

Alaska Early Head Start in danger from state budget cuts

February 21, 2018
Amanda Brennan

FAIRBANKS – Changes in criteria by the ‘Department of Education and Early Development’ could cause potential cuts for statewide ‘Early Head Start’ programs. As of January 17, the Department of Education and Early Development, or DEED, changed the age range for the Head Start program. Funding that was once set aside for birth to five year old…

Are Policymakers and Advocates Reducing or Increasing Early Childhood Education’s Inequities?

February 21, 2018
Sherri Killins Stewart

Frontline childcare providers are a critical, perhaps the most critical, ingredient in ensuring a high quality, high performing early childhood education (ECE) service delivery system. Inequities impact not only children but also their families and communities and the choices available to them for supporting children’s growth and development. Policymakers, advocates, and other decision makers have…