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Scientific American: Boosting Kids’ Executive Function and Oral Language

October 1, 2019

“Over the past decade, I have seen a flurry of eye-opening studies on how young children learn—studies that push back against the traditional vision of pre-K as a classroom space for children to recite the A,B,C’s or sit quietly with hands in their laps.”

Study: Early-childhood programs more segregated than K-12

October 1, 2019

“Early-childhood programs — including center- and home-based settings — are twice as likely as kindergarten and 1st-grade classrooms to have all black or all Hispanic children. They’re also less likely to be “somewhat integrated” with 10-20% of children being black or Hispanic, according to a new Urban Institute study comparing segregation between K-12 schools and…

Child care 8,000 initiative works to meet the need for facilities

September 30, 2019

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News) — Stephanie Hakes says it’s hard to find daycare. “I think it’s because of the fact that you don’t have a lot of infant care,” says Hakes. She’s now a parent at the newly opened Little Blossoms Early Learning Center in Palisade. But still says that more facilities are a…

Little children, big problem: Even with increase in daycare openings in Grand Forks, child care still a challenge for many

September 29, 2019

There are 160 new daycare spots coming to Grand Forks, but many say it’s still not enough as statistics show Grand Forks County is meeting just 43.9% of its potential demand for licensed daycare. In other areas of the state, the shortage is more acute. Some local couples are registering for daycare well in advance,…

‘Most Interactive Preschool on the East Coast’ opening in Newtown; enrollment now being taken

September 27, 2019

The Newtown Discovery Preschool, a private preschool powered by the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC), will begin enrollment on September 24. The new preschool will deliver a collaborative approach of learning through play for students two-and-a-half to five-years-old.

50 States of Ed Policy: Where do the top Democratic presidential candidates stand on K-12 issues?

September 24, 2019

“With the pool of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates quickly narrowing and several states canceling GOP primaries ahead of next year’s elections, those on the frontlines of the presidential race have proposed myriad policy changes on hot topics like gun violence, affordable housing and the changing job market.”

Lesaux and Jones: Is This High-Quality Preschool Really Working? To Find Out, Parents Should Ask About These Unseen Things

September 22, 2019

“For many families, searching for a high-quality early education program can be a challenge. “

Interview: The Role of Coaching in Helping Head Start Teachers Effectively Serve DLLs

September 20, 2019

Over the past several months, we have been writing about dual language learners (DLLs) in Head Start and how the program’s performance standards are being leveraged to better support multilingual children and their families. We have examined targeted program assessment tools, elevating the value of bilingualism, high-quality instruction and research on Head Start teacher’s perceptions…

5 years into ‘PRE4CLE,’ more Cleveland children enrolled in quality preschool, but more work needed

September 18, 2019

It has been five years since Cleveland launched a plan to improve kindergarten readiness. The preschool program is called PRE4CLE. The 5th annual report came out Wednesday.

U.S. Teachers and Students Are Tops for Time Spent in School

September 17, 2019

U.S. students and teachers alike spend significantly more time at school than their international peers, according to the latest  Education at a Glance  compendium by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.