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Baton Rouge Chamber urges School Board candidates to ‘stop handwringing’ on universal early childhood education

July 30, 2018
Charles Lussier

The Capital region’s foremost business lobby says it supports placing a tax proposition on the ballot that would pay for “universal early childhood education” in Baton Rouge. The historically tax-cautious Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced its interest in a new early childhood tax Thursday when it released  a 10-part platform  of policies it wants candidates running for East…

Early-childhood development offers a brighter future to entire nations

July 30, 2018
Peter Laugharn and Steve Davis 

The World Health Organization just unveiled an initiative that could improve millions of children’s lives and boost the global economy by trillions of dollars. The initiative, known as the  Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development , seeks to change how we raise infants and toddlers. Children’s experiences during their first three years of life heavily influence their well-being as adults, according…

Lots Of LA 4-Year-Olds Are Going to Preschool — But It Depends On Where You Live

July 27, 2018
Priska Neely

Lots of 4-year-olds in Los Angeles County are going to preschool. Seventy-one percent are enrolled in a licensed center or school setting for a least half of the day. But access to those programs varies wildly in L.A. County and across the state. That’s according to a  new analysis  from the University of California, Berkeley, and the American…

20,000 preschool teachers just got offered a free education

July 26, 2018
Jillian Berman

Ingrid Henlon is passionate about her job as a preschool teacher in Hartford, Conn., showing up at 7:30 a.m. each day to greet (sometimes crying students) and staying late when necessary to meet with parents. Despite that devotion, Henlon, 48, has to take a second job to make ends meet. It is an unfortunate conundrum…

Indiana’s Free Pre-K Beset With Growing Pains

July 26, 2018
Mareesa Nicosia

In early spring 2017, a friend told him that Zion Lutheran School (where regular pre-K tuition is $6,410 per child annually) was accepting 4-year-olds through a state grant program that provides free tuition for low-income parents. The structured program and veteran staff appealed to Kimberlin, as did the faith-based instruction, he said, sitting in the…

STEM Starts Earlier Than You Think

July 25, 2018
Talia Milgrom-Elcot

Imagine your first job was teaching people to read and write a new language, master symbolic reasoning and engage in complex group dynamics. Now throw in tying shoe-laces and remembering to wash hands after going to the bathroom. Welcome to the life of an elementary-school teacher. Does it sound daunting? It is, and rightfully so….

Child care, preschool remain hard to find, and stark gaps exist in California

July 25, 2018
Bruce Fuller and Karen Manship

Millions of California parents face slim odds in finding child care or preschool slots, especially in fast-growing edges of metro areas and the Central Valley, says a new report from UC Berkeley. Just 52 percent of the state’s 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in a pre-k program, and the shortage besets middle-class and poor families…

Early Childhood is Key to Unlocking Health Equity

July 25, 2018
Amanda Merck

Toddlers and preschoolers who grow up amid poverty and racism are at a developmental disadvantage and face lifelong social, health and economic consequences that hinder health equity, according to a  new report  from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). This includes Latino kids, who  are prone to hardships in early childhood . Experiencing poverty and racism…

Together, Parents Boost Their Children’s Early Learning

July 24, 2018
Sandra Larson

BOSTON — Six-year-old Princess sounded out the words her mother wrote on construction paper as they worked side by side. “I … live … deep in the sea,” she read. Her mother, Bernise Hall, high-fived her. “She can read whole books,” Ms. Hall said. “She doesn’t even want me to read any more; she wants…

Kindergarteners with better social skills are more likely to be successful adults, says study

July 24, 2018
Cristina Morales

We all know that treating each other well is important—being kind makes you a happier person and, in general, just makes the world a better place to live in. Research has found that it even makes you more successful. A study published in  Public Health  established a link between a child’s social skills in kindergarten and their…