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Few Clark County children go to preschool – why that matters

December 8, 2017
Amelia Pak-Harvey

Preschool teacher Katelyn Ferman has her hands full. With 20 children in her full-day preschool class at McCaw Elementary, she regularly has to quickly switch gears from teaching social skills to calming 4-year-old meltdowns. Challenging though they might be, her students are among the fortunate minority in Clark County who get an opportunity to attend…

Every Opportunity: Lowering school age to 5 small but vital change

December 7, 2017

There are 82,771 first-graders enrolled in Indiana schools this fall – about 500 fewer students than were enrolled in kindergarten last year. Likewise, there were more first-graders in 2016 than second graders this year. Those numbers don’t suggest hundreds of children missing out on early learning. But educators know there are some who arrive in…

Head Start book gives a kids-eye view of powwow tradition

December 6, 2017
Wendy Johnson

When Fond du Lac Head Start needed a name for the program’s latest cultural book on powwows, the choice was obvious. “‘Niimiwin’ – the Ojibwe word for ‘everyone dance’ – was perfect for it,” said author and Head Start teacher Leah Savage. Savage, Head Start Literacy Coordinator Barb Forcier and design specialists Nikki Willgohs and…

$1.5M grant helps Alabama expand early learning program

December 6, 2017
Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office says the state has received a $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help expand the state’s Pre-K through Third Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning program. Local media outlets report the program is the first pillar of the governor’s new education initiative, Strong Start, Strong Finish. It…

Lack Of Childcare Leaves Money On The Table

December 5, 2017
Becky Allen

Childcare. It’s far more than a women’s issue – or even a family issue. It’s a business challenge. And, according to new data, providing childcare is also a potential boon for the bottom line. A growing body of research documents the relationship between the availability of quality childcare and benefits to business, including reduced absenteeism,…

West Virginia Receives National Recognition For Early Literacy Work

December 5, 2017

National representatives today recognized West Virginia’s exemplary work in improving reading proficiency across the Mountain State. The West Virginia Governor’s Office, West Virginia Legislature and West Virginia Board of Education were recognized with the State Pacesetter award for their implementation and support of the statewide Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade Level Reading, which is…

How Investing in Early Childhood Education Could Help School Districts Save Big

December 4, 2017
David Lowenberg

The evidence base for early childhood education expanded last month with the release of two reports that, together, analyze the outcomes of more than 100 early childhood interventions. The reports, from the  Rand Corporation  and the  American Educational Research Association  (AERA), find short- and long-term benefits for children and families, and identify potential cost-savings for schools and government. In their review…

Senate OKs Tax Bill Changing Teacher Deduction, Expanding School Choice

December 4, 2017
Andrew Ujifusa

The U.S. Senate has passed its version of a tax overhaul package that contains potential changes for how teachers do their taxes and for state and local education funding, as well as a provision aimed at boosting school choice. Senators passed the GOP-backed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the early hours of Saturday morning after…

An “Ounce” of Early Education Pays Off

December 1, 2017
Kristen Taketa

Diana Rauner advocates for early childhood care and education today because of ex-offenders. The now-first lady of Illinois was working on Wall Street years ago when she began volunteering at a local settlement house, teaching ex-offenders how to read. She remembers being astonished that somebody her age could not know how to read. “That really…

With low pay, finding qualified early childhood teachers remains a challenge in some areas

December 1, 2017
Priska Neely

Selma Sanchez spent the summer in a hiring frenzy. She’s the program director of the Child Development Consortium of Los Angeles, and at one of the preschool sites, almost all of the jobs needed to be filled. “In July we lost our director,” Sanchez said. “June and July – we lost three teachers.” Most of…