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What is innovation in early education and why is it crucial?

February 23, 2018
Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones

The term “innovation” can conjure images of Silicon Valley, product pitches, dramatically new ideas for solving problems, and, ultimately, disrupting the status quo. Today, it’s a buzzword used in meeting after meeting — and in strategic plans to inspire change and improvement. It’s exciting for many reasons. What can be more challenging, though, is to…

St. Paul superintendent looks to expand preschool, close achievement gaps

February 23, 2018
Josh Verges

Preschool expansion and boosting the achievement of students of color and English language learners are on Joe Gothard’s agenda as he approaches his second year as superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools. Gothard on Thursday evening outlined a draft framework for the strategic plan that will guide the school district over the next five years….

Single state agency needed to coordinate California’s ‘patchwork’ of early childhood education programs, new report urges

February 23, 2018
Ashley Hopkinson

California will continue to lag behind other states in providing enough child care slots and diverse preschool options for all its nearly 2.5 million children under the age of 5 until it develops a more unified system that provides affordable care and makes it easier for families to enroll. That is a key recommendation in…

Flagstaff education advocates set focus on preschool, tech ed

February 22, 2018
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa

LAUNCH Flagstaff has released its first baseline report on education in Flagstaff. The organization focused on two of its five goals in the report: kindergarten readiness and post-secondary education and training. The organization plans to take the data back to its volunteer partners to determine the best possible solutions to meet the education needs of…

Pre-K education lifts all children

February 22, 2018
Tim Burgess

We are failing to prepare all of our children for a successful life, a reality that creates injustice and social inequity, harms our long-term economic prospects, and costs all of us a lot of money. This tragic fact is most evident when we look at education achievement. Less than half of Seattle’s low-income children and…

What Do Would-Be Governors Have to Say About Education?

February 21, 2018
Frederick M. Hess and Sofia Gallo

As seen from Washington over the past few years, the education debate has been dominated by school choice, K–12 accountability, college costs, and free speech on campus. But the real action on education tends to be in the states — which are constitutionally responsible for providing education and where  roughly one-third of each year’s budget is typically…

Alaska Early Head Start in danger from state budget cuts

February 21, 2018
Amanda Brennan

FAIRBANKS – Changes in criteria by the ‘Department of Education and Early Development’ could cause potential cuts for statewide ‘Early Head Start’ programs. As of January 17, the Department of Education and Early Development, or DEED, changed the age range for the Head Start program. Funding that was once set aside for birth to five year old…

Are Policymakers and Advocates Reducing or Increasing Early Childhood Education’s Inequities?

February 21, 2018
Sherri Killins Stewart

Frontline childcare providers are a critical, perhaps the most critical, ingredient in ensuring a high quality, high performing early childhood education (ECE) service delivery system. Inequities impact not only children but also their families and communities and the choices available to them for supporting children’s growth and development. Policymakers, advocates, and other decision makers have…

Is TK effective intro into education?

February 20, 2018
Calley Cederlof

Samarah Gray held her son Jayden Foley as she went over paperwork to enroll the 4-year-old in transitional kindergarten. Jayden squirmed in his mother’s arms and wrote on a piece of paper as Gray spoke with an employee of Tulare City School District. Jayden, who was promised ice cream if he waited for his mother…

Wall Street sees preschool as an investment opportunity when local governments don’t

February 19, 2018
Kyle Spencer

GRANITE, Utah — On a recent winter afternoon, the scene inside Dobrila Hasic-Botic’s preschool classroom in Granite, Utah, seemed typical of a high-quality pre-K. A 4-year-old in a poufy pink skirt recited the first letter of her name. A boy in jeans and a golf shirt drew shapes on a small whiteboard in his lap….