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From a voice of hard-won experience, a simple argument for early childhood education

October 18, 2017

Some things seem so obvious that it’s a wonder that they’re even a matter of debate. We know, instinctively, for instance, that if a child is given the tools to succeed early on in life that they are more likely to stay in school, stay out of trouble and go on to become an active and…

New York City to expand 3-K program to six new neighborhoods

October 17, 2017
Yoav Gonan

City Hall on Thursday announced plans to expand its pre-K education program for 3-year-olds in six new neighborhoods over the next three years. The free, full-day 3-K expansion comes in three phases, beginning with District 4, in East Harlem and District 7, in Queens, for the 2018-2019 school year. In fall 2019, the program will…

School District Leaders Say Early Education Needed, But Underfunded

October 17, 2017
Christina Samuels

More than three-quarters of American public school superintendents say that early-childhood care and education means “a great deal” to a child’s future success—but that they work in states that are investing too little in it. The findings come from a survey of a nationally-representative sample  of district leaders  conducted by Gallup earlier this year. The survey organization has…

Congress is holding CHIP and children hostage

October 17, 2017
Marion Wright Edelman

Dr. Lanre Falusi knows firsthand the anxiety families face when the future of their child’s health insurance is in jeopardy. A pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Falusi recently had a routine visit from a seven-year-old patient with asthma. For the last few months this little girl has been fairly stable…

Hurricane Maria’s Effects on Young Children in Puerto Rico

October 16, 2017
Cristina Novoa

Puerto Rico is home to nearly  175,000  U.S. citizen children aged birth to 4 years old.  More than half  of these children live below the federal poverty level.  Much like  in the rest of the United States, young children in Puerto Rico are most likely to live in families that are barely able to meet their basic needs. Early childhood is…

Measure Would Raise Tucson Sales Tax to Fund Preschool

October 16, 2017
Christopher Conover

Proposition 204 proposes to raise the sales tax in the city of Tucson by half a penny. The money would fund scholarships for up to 8,000 children living in the Tucson city limits for “high-quality” preschool. Backers say that head start gives kids a leg up for life. “They graduate from high school at a…

University of Montana LAB Preschool supports children and students

October 13, 2017
Keila Szpaller

On one side of the glass, preschoolers eat celery and goldfish crackers, and they mash freshly made Play-Doh, or some similar clay. On the other side of the glass, students from the University of Montana’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences observe the students and listen in on conversations using headphones connected…

Growing pains for VT pre-K law

October 13, 2017
Madeline Hughes

Playing, laughing and learning. Charley is sitting at the snack table working on his manners by asking his friends to pass the cheese and crackers, and working on his motor skills by using tongs to pick up the snacks. After excusing himself from the table and cleaning up after himself, Charley breaks out the blocks….

UNM gets state contract to improve early ed services

October 12, 2017
Cynthia Miller

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department has awarded a $5.5 million contract to The University of New Mexico to provide free staff training, technical aid and other support services aimed at improving day care centers and preschool providers throughout the state. UNM is expected to have the new support system in place by…

If we don’t speak up for our youngest children their development will be compromised

October 12, 2017
Janna Wagner

In 2010, James (a pseudonym) was one of the first children served through our newly opened Early Head Start (EHS) program. His foster mom was referred to us and was looking for quality care for James, who was a preemie and traumatically removed from his mother at birth. Marie, one of our EHS family child…