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In Britain’s Approach to Free Child Care, Lessons for the U.S.

November 3, 2017
Barbara Janta

Since 2010, every 3- and 4-year-old in Britain has been guaranteed  15 hours of free child care  a week for  38 weeks a year , the equivalent of a full school term. Most working parents of preschoolers can now claim  30 hours of free care  a week, a major advance for a country that long lagged behind its European peers in providing affordable, quality child care. Although it has a…

LEGO Education Brings STEAM Learning to Preschool Classrooms

November 2, 2017

LEGO Education announced its new Early Learning solution,  STEAM Park  designed to spark preschoolers’ natural curiosity in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Children work in groups of six with LEGO DUPLO® bricks to build an amusement park with rides and attractions designed to help them discover gears and ramps, experiment, and gain confidence with trial and error….

Legislators weigh recommendations to expand pre-kindergarten

November 2, 2017
Jess Feldman

The state’s income threshold for families to qualify for free pre-kindergarten should be increased by more than 60%, a state workgroup told a legislative panel Tuesday. The Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families, weighing universal schooling for 4-year-olds acknowledged, the need for an increase in funding for the early education program statewide. Maryland’s Kirwan Commission…

These Colorado preschoolers learn hands-on farming to prevent childhood obesity

November 1, 2017

As childhood obesity soars among low-income communities with limited access to fresh produce, some educators in Colorado are combating the problem by joining the farm-to-preschool movement. Now these preschoolers are learning their ABCs while picking veggies from the school garden and preparing healthy meals. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.

Early childhood education expert: I saw a brilliant way to teach kids. Unfortunately it wasn’t in the United States.

November 1, 2017
Valerie Strauss

One of the most frustrating things in education today is how much experts know about how to teach children but ignore what they know works when it comes to setting policy. Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education expert, has talked and written about this for years as it relates to the education of young children,…

Early Bird: An Early Education Update

November 1, 2017
Natalie Ritchie

At the Early Start Conference at the University of Wollongong in September, early learning researchers from around the world shared their latest findings. A leader in the field, the University’s Early Start Centre ( houses a Discovery Space indoor/outdoor play centre open to the public, community programs, early childhood professionals’ training, and scientific research all under one roof. Here, two early…

The Cost of Inaction on Universal Preschool

October 31, 2017
Cristina Novoa and Katie Hamm

About  3 million  children in the United States begin kindergarten each fall, marking their entry into the American education system. However, a significant portion already have some school or early learning experience through preschool. There has been a tremendous  increase  in the number of children enrolled in preschool in the United States, from fewer than half a million…

New Report Shares Lessons on Pre-K Teacher Compensation Parity Policies

October 31, 2017
Samantha Kobbah

” A labor of love,” is often a term associated with being an early childhood educator. While working in pre-K does require an affinity for playing with young children, there is a popular misconception that pre-K teachers are simply babysitters. Early childhood educators do have the pleasure of leading storytime and guiding imaginary play, but…

Praising a Preschooler for Being Smart Can Backfire, International Study Finds

October 31, 2017
Marva Hinton

Telling a child how smart he or she is comes naturally to a lot of parents and early-childhood educators, but a new study of preschool children in China suggests that may do more harm than good. The study was published in September in the journal  Psychological Science . It found that praising young children for their intelligence…

Congress should improve the child care credit to help working parents

October 30, 2017
Alan Viard

As lawmakers prepare to expand the popular $1,000 child tax credit, they run the risk of overlooking the child care credit, a provision that cries out for expansion. The child care credit, also called the dependent care credit, offers tax relief for child care costs incurred by working single parents and by married couples in…