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Play’s the thing at the Ultimate Block Party

October 6, 2010

October 3rd was a perfect autumn day in New York City. And in Central Park, hundreds of children got to stretch their imaginations as they played all day during the first Ultimate Block Party , sponsored by the organization Play for Tomorrow. Kids participated in a myriad of play-based activities, such as making sidewalk art with chalk, building…

For Whom Does the Bell Toll?

October 4, 2010 Outcomes

It’s Time We Heed The Words of John Donne The latest Census Bureau data (collected in 2009 and early this year) show the gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is the widest on record. Last year, the top 20 percent of households—those earning more than $100,000 a year—received 49.4 percent of all household…

The Play-Based Learning Movement is Off to a Promising New Start

September 24, 2010

We should all hope for a beautiful fall day in New York City on October 3rd when Play for Tomorrow, the consortium of educators, authors and business leaders formed last year kicks off what it terms a new national movement dedicated to play-based learning with its “ Ultimate Block Party ” in New York City’s Central Park. The…

The Perry Preschool Study Stands the Test of Time, but It Doesn’t Stand Alone

September 17, 2010 Outcomes

Perhaps because the Perry Preschool study is cited so often to demonstrate the long-term benefits of preschool, it seems the landmark study is often criticized – or at least its flaws underscored in an attempt to discredit its findings as relevant to today’s world. This week I decided to address the validity of some of…

Shakira Steps Into Role of Early Childhood Advocate

September 9, 2010

When you hear the name Shakira, the image that comes to mind is most likely not that of an advocate for early education and care for Latin America’s kids. In NIEER’s Preschool Matters the chart-topping superstar and Colombia native discusses her passion for the cause and strategies to build a successful coalition to support it.

Three Easy Pieces (of Research) for Budget Deciders

August 27, 2010 OutcomesWorkforce

As the recession drags on, it becomes ever-more-obvious the ABC (across-the-board cuts) approach to controlling government expenditures is harming our chances for a robust economy in the future. That’s because ABC looks at everything as a cost, ignoring investments in areas like early childhood education that are critical to future economic growth. ABC has been…

Welcome to the Milk Party: The Children’s Movement of Florida

August 13, 2010 Outcomes

In this era of Tea Party discontent, a group of Floridians who have had it up to their eyeballs with the way Florida treats its children is kicking off its own series of Milk Parties to register their determination to elevate children on the state’s list of investment priorities. Officially launched earlier this week, the…

Is Preschool Too Early for Science? No!

August 6, 2010 Workforce

For Curious Young Minds Eager to Understand Their World, This Age is Just Right Related Reading Preschool Pathways to Science (PrePS) Facilitating Scientific Ways of Thinking, Talking, Doing, and Understanding Rochel Gelman Kimberly Brenneman Gay Macdonald Moisés Román Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD 144 pages, ISBN 978-1-59857-044-1 $29.95 Until recently, science has…

A Curious Proposal to Privatize New Jersey’s Already Privatized Pre-K

July 30, 2010

The recent New Jersey Privatization Task Force recommendations on pre-K disregard the facts and oppose the best interests of New Jersey’s children. The report highlights pre-K as an example of “successful” privatization, but then calls for the state to replace this successful private-public educational partnership with low-quality child care. This plan is taken straight from…

How the Arts Help Kids Develop

July 26, 2010

When renowned abstract expressionist Robert Goodnough created his paintings, he probably didn’t have an audience of 3-year-olds in mind — and when New Jersey built its performing arts center (NJPAC) in Newark, playing to preschoolers probably wasn’t high on the list of justifications. These days, however, both are regularly pressed into service to help young…