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Report: Few Black and Latino Children Are Served by High-Quality State Preschool Programs

November 6, 2019

Just 1 percent of Latino children and 4 percent of black children are enrolled in high-quality state preschool programs, according to a report released on Wednesday that details the barriers students of color face when accessing early education.

NAEP 2019: Reading scores drop for US students, with mixed math results

October 30, 2019

Average reading scores for 4th and 8th graders in the U.S. have dropped since 2017, according to the latest results of the “nation’s report card.” Math scores increased by one point for 4th graders and decreased by one point for 8th-graders, with progress overall remaining flat for the past decade.

Should preschool writing be more communication and less ABCs?

October 29, 2019

Writing instruction in early education should be about more than letter formation and penmanship, argue Michigan State University researchers who found preschool teachers don’t often encourage writing for communication purposes.

Colombia Pre-K Study Finds That Funding the Wrong Priorities Can Be Worse Than Doing Nothing at All

October 22, 2019

“A study of Colombian preschool programs found that a huge expansion in spending on preschools directed toward low-income families did not produce the learning gains that its architects had hoped for, and may have even backfired. When the new money was accompanied by intensive pedagogical training for teachers, however, young students saw marked cognitive improvements….

Researchers find kindergarten readiness test can predict early school success

October 16, 2019

According to researchers at the University of Missouri, who examined test results from 350 students at six elementary schools, a kindergarten readiness test can accurately predict how well a student will do 18 months later, District Administration reports.

The Fight Against Preschool Pushout

October 16, 2019

When the parents or caregivers of young children start the San Bernardino County, California, CARE program, they are desperate. One mother said she hadn’t been able to go to the store in four years because of her 5-year-old son’s challenging behaviors. A grandfather recalled that before his preschool-age grandson started classes, he wasn’t yet verbal,…

Outdoor preschool in Mukilteo uses science to engage young imaginations

October 13, 2019

A preschool in Mukilteo was created to tap into children’s curiosity by using Washington’s great outdoors as a learning tool. Nature Together, founded by Kristin Hammer, was designed as a child-led program for kids ages two to five years old.

Educators in Interboro make the case for pre-K education

October 10, 2019

PROSPECT PARK — Extending access to pre-kindergarten education access in Interboro School District was lauded by early-education advocates and state lawmakers Wednesday morning.

Memphis voters approved a sales tax increase for police and fire — and maybe pre-K, too

October 9, 2019

The sales tax referendum approved last week by Memphis voters to fund pension and healthcare benefits for police and firefighters includes a less publicized beneficiary — prekindergarten.

Head Start Teacher Pact Would Boost Pay Nearly $13G

October 7, 2019

The decades-long pay gap between certified Head Start Teachers and Department of Education Teachers will end with the ratification of a contract deal reached Oct. 3 by District Council 37, Local 95 and the Head Start Sponsoring Board Council.