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Tight Budgets Force Hard Choices Among Child Care Providers

November 21, 2017 Economics and Finance
David Lowenberg

This blog originally appeared on the Education Writers Association website  following the EWA Covering Early Learning conference in Chicago. “An impossible equation.” That’s how Phil Acord describes the challenge of keeping afloat a high-quality early learning program that serves children from low-income families. As the president of the Chambliss Center for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides around-the-clock care…

Talking the Talk on High-Quality Pre-K

November 15, 2017
GG Weisenfeld and Michelle Ruess

More than 50 years of research shows investing in the early years of a child’s life often produces a high rate of return by positively impacting a child’s readiness at kindergarten entry and future achievement in elementary school, high school, college, and adulthood. Indeed, high-quality early education is one of the best investments we can…

Building a Better Classroom Experience

November 8, 2017
Kaitlin Northey

Learn to read. Learn to make friends. Learn to add. Learn to follow directions. The early learning “To Do List” is filled with academic and social-emotional milestones. Whether young learners acquire these skills depends a great deal on what happens in their classrooms with their teachers. To help teachers provide instruction that is both developmentally…

Using Digital Tools to Connect with Vulnerable Families and Improve Child Outcomes

October 18, 2017
Shayna Cook

This blog originally appeared on the New America website

More than Home Visits: Lessons from the AVANCE two-generation program

October 12, 2017
Milagros Nores, Ph.D.

Two-generation approaches to early learning promise so much, don’t they? The idea is that at-risk children’s needs may be more effectively served when intervening with parent and child simultaneously. Home visiting programs are the most common examples, based on the idea that at-risk families may be better served by supporting their existing home structure. Research…

Keeping Pace in State PreK

October 3, 2017
Jim Squires, Ph.D.

As much as I loved my first car, a blue 1960 Nash Rambler station wagon, it became evident as newer, more efficient vehicles rolled off the assembly line, the once-innovative model had run its course. Initially reluctant to trade it in, I was pleasantly surprised when my newer Plymouth wagon allowed me to actually keep…

Using Data-Driven Indicators to Improve Outcomes for Young Learners

September 20, 2017
Rolf Grafwallner

The early years of child development offer a still-untapped lever for states to address achievement gaps before they start to grow, and to accelerate school improvement efforts with evidence-based interventions. While there are political, fiscal, and technical challenges to doing so, there are a variety of steps states can take today, aided by the flexibility…

States Lack Information, Policy for Young Dual Language Learners

September 15, 2017
Alexandra Figueras-Daniel, Ph.D.

As national attention turns to issues of diversity and inclusion, it is important to keep the youngest learners in our country at the forefront of educational policy making decisions. Hispanic children account for the largest proportion of minorities among children ages 5 and younger in the US, and many of their families do not speak…

Takeaways from New America and CEELO Blog Series on Early Learning and ESSA

September 5, 2017 AssessmentFederalGovernance and Accountability
Laura Bornfreund and Lori Connors-Tadros

September 18, 2017 is the  final deadline  for states to submit Every Student Succeeds Act plans for federal Department of Education review. Over the past four months, New America and CEELO have published a series of blogs on a wide range of topics by authors with diverse perspectives on early learning and education issues. Posts focused on how states could…

Teaching (with) empathy and compassion in schools

August 31, 2017
Ines Kudo and Joan Hartley

Emotions are the DNA of human experience. Social relationships play a pivotal role in helping us become fully human. Connectedness is an essential need for our species. So, we tend to assume it comes naturally and, thus, needs not to be taught in schools. It is only recently that policymakers and organisations are paying attention…