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Concerns raised of high cost of important preschool education


August 29, 2018
Eli Sherman, Margaret Smith

On a warm, bright August day, parents and children gathered at the Westlands School for a playdate. The purpose was to meet other kids and families, enjoy the toys and playground equipment, and become acquainted with the offerings of the Chelmsofrd Integrated Preschool — known commonly as CHIPS. Jyothis George brought her son, Samuel, 3….

First-ever early childhood classroom opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, science museum


August 29, 2018
Frankie Schembri

The 20 preschool children who came to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last week weren’t simply on a field trip. Instead, they are part of the first-ever early childhood class to be housed in a science museum. The classroom is the latest project in a long-standing partnership between Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) and…

Advocacy Group Recommends Testing Water at Child-Care Centers for Lead


August 28, 2018
Marva Hinton

The  Environmental Defense Fund  is calling on child-care center operators to take steps to make sure the water at their facilities is not contaminated with lead, a neurotoxin known to cause behavior and learning problems, hyperactivity, and lowered IQ scores. Researchers with EDF oversaw water tests from 11 child-care facilities in four states, using stricter standards than those…

Child care for this baby costs more than the University of Michigan


August 28, 2018
Ron French, Mike Wilkinson

Kathleen O’Reilly Farhat looks forward to the day she can pay for college for her two young sons. That will be cheaper than child care. Kathleen and husband Dustin Farhat pay $464 per week for child care for 5-month-old son Brady and 3-year-old Jack while the couple works full-time jobs. That’s $1,856 a month, about…

NH Governor, Challengers Discuss Early Childhood Issues


August 27, 2018
Holly Ramer

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and two Democrats competing for the chance to unseat him contrasted their commitments to children and families on Monday at a forum hosted by a nonpartisan early childhood advisory council. The three appeared Monday at a forum organized by Spark NH, with Sununu answering questions for the…

‘You can’t teach a child without family’: It’s the magic ingredient at one preschool


August 27, 2018
Jackie Mader

CHICAGO — When Mariano Agosto’s fiancee died a year after the birth of their daughter, he was scared and lost. A friend suggested a nearby early-childhood education center might be able to help him and his little girl. Melanie was about 2 when Agosto visited Christopher House for a three-day trial run. He quickly realized school…

The Good and the Bad for Early Care and Education in Louisiana So Far in 2018


August 24, 2018
Melanie Bronfin

The Louisiana Legislature finished its regular and three special sessions with both good and bad news for young children and their families. First, the good: Thanks to the hard work of legislative champions and advocates, there was great momentum during both sessions around early care and education.  More legislators than ever before articulated the importance…

New polls support more pre-k, need for higher teacher pay


August 23, 2018
Len Lazarick

The Kirwan education commission Thursday morning is set to take up the final detailed recommendations for much more pre-kindergarten in Maryland and higher salaries and a new career ladder for teachers — both programs with “significant fiscal impact.” Two new polls out this week seek to bolster the argument that spending more money on these…

Virginia Legislature Expands UVA’s Kindergarten Readiness Program Statewide


August 23, 2018
Laura Hoxworth

Virginia’s youngest learners just got a big boost from the state government. A new budget amendment from the Virginia General Assembly will put $6 million toward early childhood education in the commonwealth over the next two years. A large portion of the investment will implement a required statewide expansion of the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program,…

Learning Landscapes Close the Gap


August 22, 2018
https://www.childtrends.org/videos/learning-landscapes-close-the-gap

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Academic research suggests that children from lower income families hear fewer words than their more advantaged peers, by the time they head to kindergarten. This can put these kids behind in the critical preschool skills of pre-literacy, spatial understanding and math. Now a cutting-edge project called Learning Landscapes aims to…