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The Power of Preschool


October 26, 2017
Jenna Samelson Browning

When friends and family expressed concern that Jessica’s four-year-old daughter Jaylah was communicating without using words, she assured them Jaylah was developing at her own pace and would speak when ready. “She wouldn’t say more than ‘uh,’” Jessica recalls. “I could understand her, but of course, I’m her mother.” It wasn’t until Jessica enrolled Jaylah…

Tax Reform Could Boost Economy With Bigger, Refundable Child Care Credit


October 25, 2017
James J. Heckman

As Congress contemplates a major tax overhaul, it has the opportunity to generate revenue and a healthier national economy by helping parents with the costs of quality early childhood education and care. One important tax credit strategy comes to the forefront as an effective solution: increasing the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) to…

Uganda resolves to teach sex education from preschool level


October 25, 2017
Ismail Akwei

The Ugandan government has approved the teaching of sex education which will begin from preschool to the tertiary education level. Preschoolers between the ages of three and five will be taught about “body parts, private parts and unacceptable forms of touching the body”, Education Ministry undersecretary Aggrey Kibenge told local news portal The Monitor. He…

Kentucky Receives Education Grant to Improve Literacy Skills


October 25, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State education officials in  Kentucky  say a $24.9 million grant will help develop pre-literacy skills as well as stronger reading and writing skills. Officials say the three-year grant from the U.S. Education Department is meant to create a comprehensive approach to advance literacy, including among those with limited English proficiency and those…

Ontario Expanding Early Years Programming for Children and Families


October 24, 2017

Ontario is making it easier for children and their families to access high quality early years programming and services with the launch of 100 new  EarlyON Child and Family Centres  across the province. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, and Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, were at College Montrose Children’s Place  in Toronto today to announce…

MS State Ed Supt. wants to expand early learning programs


October 24, 2017
Kayleigh Skinner

State Education Superintendent Carey Wright reiterated the importance of expanding early learning opportunities for Mississippi’s youngest learners on Monday. When she began her position as state superintendent, “The one thing that I noted, particularly about early childhood, is it’s significantly important for children who live in poverty,” Wright told reporters at a Stennis Capitol Press…

Just Released “Race for Results” Report: American Indian Children Lag Behind Their White Counterparts


October 24, 2017

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results report shows that persistent challenges in opportunities for success and well-being after the recession hinder children of color and kids living in immigrant families, especially African-American, Latino and American Indian kids. The Race for Results report, released today, underscores the formidable risks to healthy child development such as poverty, limited educational opportunities…

Hotline helps Ohio preschools deal with problem (behaviors)


October 23, 2017
Shannon Gilchrist

Preschool children in the U.S. are more than three times as likely to be expelled from school as K-12 students, often for biting, kicking and other aggression. Statistics are hard to pin down because the early child-care system is largely private and decentralized, but a 2005 study showed that, in Ohio, between four and seven…

The Impact Of Preschool On Boise Students In Vista Neighborhood


October 23, 2017
Tom Michael

Idaho is one of five states that doesn’t fund preschool. Most other states require their school districts to provide pre-kindergarten, or pre-K. Now education officials are reviewing the results of a test study that measures the impact of preschool in one Boise neighborhood. There’s mounting evidence that preschool is advantageous for children and Idaho researchers…

How a Memphis pre-K giant is changing the way early childhood educators are taught


October 20, 2017
Caroline Bauman

Morgan Bradley thought that teaching children at her church’s Sunday school would have prepared her to work in early childhood education. But the recent college graduate was shocked by all she learned at a recent training at Porter-Leath’s new  Early Childhood Academy . “I thought I knew how to work with little kids, but I didn’t know how…