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Poll: 2 out of 3 parents struggle finding childcare that meets their health, safety standards


November 20, 2017

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  The search for the best preschool or childcare option is often a challenging experience – and many parents aren’t sure if the one they pick is safe and healthy for their child, according to a new national poll. About 62 percent of parents say it’s difficult to find childcare options that…

THE EXPECT MORE TOUR OF EXCELLENCE: NEW STUDY SHOWS QUALITY FIRST PROGRAM HELPS IMPROVE EARLY LEARNING SETTINGS


November 20, 2017
Angela Mussi

Research shows quality child care and preschool settings help children develop skills like motivation, self-control, focus and self-esteem that are  crucial to their success  once they enter school. Through the  Quality First  program,  First Things First  partners with child care providers and preschools in Arizona to improve the quality of early learning for children birth to age 5. These learning environments nurture the emotional,…

School districts find creative ways to fund pre-K


November 17, 2017
Alison DeNisco

Big city districts are taking the lead in funding pre-K programs as states work more slowly to expand access. “While states continue to make progress in expanding access to early education, cities have increasingly taken it upon themselves to supplement those resources with local contributions,” says Albert Wat, senior policy director at the Alliance for…

Early Education Is a Game Changer: New Report Shows That Reaching Infants and Toddlers Reduces Special Education Placement, Leads to Soaring Graduation Rates


November 17, 2017
Kevin Mahnken

Access to early-childhood education significantly reduces students’ chances of being placed in special education or held back in school and increases their prospects of graduating high school, according to  new research published by the American Educational Research Association. The report synthesizes evidence of the lasting, long-term benefits of high-quality preschool programs, which have often been dismissed as…

Tight Budgets Force Hard Choices Among Child Care Providers


November 17, 2017
David Lowenberg

“An impossible equation.” That’s how Phil Acord describes the challenge of keeping afloat a high-quality early learning program that serves children from low-income families. As the president of the Chambliss Center for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides around-the-clock care and education to young children in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Acord knows well how difficult it can…

‘Intentional’ teaching has big impact on preschoolers


November 16, 2017
Dave Shaw

The instructional practices of preschool teachers may have the largest effect on young children’s social and academic skills, a new review of research on several measures of the quality of early childhood education suggests. The comprehensive review helps untangle a complicated knot of factors that affect young children. “High quality preschool is one of the…

Latino kids face more early obstacles, but there are solutions that work


November 16, 2017
Carmen Sesin

About eight-in-ten Latino children face at least one difficult childhood experience and have fewer resources for nutrition, exercise and early childhood learning, especially pre-K, according to a  report  by  Salud America!  at UT Health San Antonio. These early roadblocks affect future health and personal development, but researchers say there are solutions that work. The study, released Tuesday is…

Some Nebraska caregivers and teachers face low wages, no insurance and not enough training


November 16, 2017
Ashia Aubrey

KEARNEY, Neb. — The life of an early childhood care provider in Nebraska is not always easy according to a study done by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute . The  Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey  shares some of the challenges teachers and caregivers face. The survey points out how things like stress, lack of insurance, training and even not making enough money is hitting…

Shortchanging our students is not an option


November 15, 2017
Paymon Rouhanifard

A great education starts and ends with great teachers. That’s why when I came to Camden tasked with improving outcomes for kids in a district where under half of students made it to high school graduation and even fewer could read and do math at grade level in grades K-8, we made it our first…

Caring for kids and parents, St. Louis day care uses two-generation approach to break cycle of poverty


November 15, 2017
Kristen Taketa

ST. LOUIS • The early childhood center where Michon Watson sends her 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter has done as much for her as it has for them. Watson, 21, had no home of her own when she was looking for an early-care provider for her son. She had bad experiences with day care centers where…