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How Julián Castro Bet on 4-Year-Olds to Transform San Antonio


August 18, 2017
Erick Trickey

Jennifer Martinez Young’s 8-year-old daughter, Addison, blitzes through books: Lisa Yee’s DC Super Hero Girls novels, the Rainbow Fairies and Mariella Mystery series. Just starting third grade, she’s reading at almost a sixth-grade level. This year, at Addison’s former elementary school, fifth-graders will read a story she wrote last year, as a model. Addison’s mother credits her pre-school, San Antonio’s Pre-K…

Ohio: High-Quality Pre-K Will Strengthen STEM Workforce


August 17, 2017

Businesses and the military both increasingly need a workforce with strong skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). In a joint report from  ReadyNation  and  Mission: Readiness , entitled STEM and Early Childhood: When Skills Take Root, Ohio business and military leaders warn of a looming STEM workforce skills gap. The solution? Greater access to high-quality pre-K. This report cites research…

Reviving The American Dream Starts At Birth


August 17, 2017
Joe Waters, CEO of Capita

The American dream is dead. Or so 48% of America’s millennials have concluded, according to a new Harvard survey. Sadly, these young pessimists are right; hard work is no longer enough to break kids out of poverty. Just 4% of people born into the poorest 20% of households rise to the richest 20% as adults. Many Americans…

We must invest in our children


August 17, 2017
"Skip" Campbell and Mike Ryan

As we debate budgetary priorities nationally, our collective failure to fully fund early learning and high quality after-school programs for all children is not only a disaster for working parents throughout the state of Florida, but fails to wisely invest in our children. …Our collective commitment to the next generation must begin before the first…

Bank Street heads to East New York to help child care providers play to their strengths


August 16, 2017
Christina Veiga

One little girl would simply repeat anything that was said to her, rather than answer basic questions like, “How are you?” Another toddler seemed more active than the other children — maybe too active. But Sherease Alston, who has run a child care center from her living room for the past six years, was often…

Rauner signs bill preventing expulsion of preschool, early childhood program students


August 16, 2017

Chicago–It’s hard to imagine preschoolers being expelled from school, but Governor Bruce Rauner took steps today to make sure it never happens in Illinois. Rauner signed new legislation Monday that prohibits the expulsion of students from preschool education and early childhood programs that are funded through the Illinois State Board of Education. The bill, HB…

The High-Speed Preschool Experiment


August 15, 2017
Patrick Wall

…Faced with this pre-K shortage, districts across the country have turned to a cheaper, briefer alternative: preschool crash courses like the one in Lafayette. They vary in length, focus, and funding streams, but most are free for families, take place during the summer, and target rising kindergarteners without any school experience, along with their parents….

Parent of Expelled 3-Year-Old: ‘One Day We Had Child Care, the Next We Didn’t’


August 15, 2017
Matt Masterson

After years of home day care, Chicago professionals Chris and Sarah were excited about the idea of sending their 3-year-old son to a full-day preschool for the first time. The husband and wife – who asked to be identified by their first names only – found a high-quality, private suburban option close by and enrolled…

State to continue funding pre-K expansion despite lack of budget


August 15, 2017
Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

The state notified 24 school districts Friday that it will pay for preschool programs the state has historically funded. With no state budget in place for the current fiscal year – and the school year quickly approaching – uncertainty had surrounded whether the state would provide the money it promised district leaders when they expanded…

Getting ready for their first day of school


August 14, 2017
Caroline Alphonso

Mohammad Ismail would cry as they reached the fence outside the school in Ajax, Ont. He would throw himself onto the ground and use all the strength a four-year-old can muster to hold onto his mother. That was six weeks ago. On Thursday, Mohammad gave his mom a hug, a kiss and a high-five at the gate….