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Preschool Beats Informal Care, Study Says


June 7, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Lillian Mongeau

Formal day care, like Head Start, public school pre-K and private centers, provide higher-quality care and education to both toddlers and 4-year-olds than informal, non-parent caregivers, according to a data analysis published in the most recent issue of Child Development , a scientific journal.  The research, led by Daphna Bassok at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, looks at data from a database tracking about 14,000 children…

Study Finds Large Quality Differences in Early Education Settings


June 7, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Aaron Loewenberg

Among children between the ages of three and five, just under  80 percent  receive care and education from someone other than a parent. The settings in which children receive these services vary greatly. There are formal, classroom-based settings such as state-funded pre-K, Head Start, and private child care centers. But children also receive care and education in…

Long-delayed preschool report advises further study


June 6, 2016 Assessment
Stephanie Ebbert

Two years after Mayor Martin J. Walsh named an advisory panel to come up with a citywide  action plan for universal preschool,  the committee on Friday released a report scant on details and devoid of cost estimates, calling for further study. The report excised financial projections that had been prepared for the committee, though the mayor had  previously told the Globe  it could cost…

NIEER Releases Data on State Policies to Support DLLs


June 6, 2016 AccessAssessmentEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Amaya Garcia

Last fall my three-year-old son enrolled in a public pre-K program at a local elementary school in Washington, D.C. At our first meeting with his teacher, she asked us questions about what languages we spoke at home and whether our son spoke a language other than English. I was thrilled to be asked these questions…

Study: Preschools Top Home-Based Care in Preparing Children for School


June 6, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Global News Connect

Children receiving formal, classroom-based preschool accept significantly higher-quality caring and have improved reading and math skills than peers who accept spontaneous child caring before kindergarten, according to a new investigate by a University of Virginia and other institutions, published this week in Child Development. Currently many immature children in a United States – about 50…

Kentucky Preschools Dropped Enrollment in 2015, But Increased Per-Student Funding


May 31, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Rob Canning

A new report from a non-profit early education advocacy group shows that Kentucky is among states improving in the number of state dollars spent for Pre-Kindergarten education programs. According to “The State of Preschool Yearbook” by The National Institute for Early Education Research, the 2014-2015 school year saw improvement in state-by-state Pre-K funding across the…

New National Program Offers Unique Tools for Early Educators to Promote Young Children’s Brain and Language Development


May 24, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Clinton Foundation

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Too Small to Fail, the National Head Start Association, and the National Association for Family Child Care launch “STRIVE for 5: Talk, Read, Sing Early Learning Boot Camp” to provide educators with engaging, user-friendly resources to create language-rich early learning environments. Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and Too Small to Fail, in partnership…

Preschool — The solution to black achievement gap?


May 24, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomes
Mackenzie Ryan

It’s mid-morning, and Evevett Fugate has been up all night. She takes her youngest, Ovalia, to preschool class for 4-year-olds, then picks her up at 11 a.m. Although Fugate’s overnight work allows her to attend school activities, she has enrolled Ovalia in early childhood programs since age 2 because she knows how vital is it for children to get an early jump on…

Harvard Ed School launches major early childhood education initiative


May 19, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & Local
Bamzi Banchiri

A new early childhood program that seeks to promote research and teaching in the field of child development is underway at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), thanks to a $35.5 million gift from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation. The donation, HGSE’s single biggest donation to date, will put Harvard at the forefront of research…

IBM and Sesame Workshop Aim to Personalize Learning for Preschoolers


May 19, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Meg Conlan

Just call him Adaptive Learning Elmo. The Sesame Street icon and his peers — all longtime staples of early childhood educational programming — will soon draw on IBM Watson cognitive computing technology to personalize preschool learning experiences. The three-year collaboration between IBM and nonprofit Sesame Workshop will tap teachers, researchers, technologists, performers and other experts in their…