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Tech for tots and teachers: promoting STEM learning in preK-3 classrooms


July 1, 2016 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce
Jamie Martines

Toy building blocks aren’t an unusual sight in a preschool classroom. But teachers aren’t typically using them in a physics lesson about force and gravity with their four-year-olds.That’s largely because teachers aren’t comfortable with introducing young children to science, according to a group of educators committed to helping elementary school teachers become better at teaching…

Challenges in Moving Towards A Highly Educated ECE Workforce


June 1, 2016 Workforce
Aaron Loewenberg

Last year, the National Academy of Medicine and National Research Council released the seminal  Transforming the Workforce report  that emphasizes the competencies and qualifications birth to third grade educators need to possess in order to support high-quality learning for young children. The report makes 13 recommendations aimed at bringing about greater educator quality and continuity from birth through early…

New collaboration to set guidelines for early childhood educators


May 27, 2016 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Ariana Fine

To further its commitment to ensuring that all young children can access high-quality early learning experiences, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) announced the launch of Power to the Profession, a national collaboration to set a unifying framework of professional guidelines for early childhood educators—from required competencies and qualifications to career…

If only we appreciated early educators enough to pay them worthy wages


May 6, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Marcy Whitebook & Lea J.E. Austin

Early educators are quite literally shaping the future – our children’s future, our families’ future, and the future of our economy—and they’re a key part of our nation’s teaching workforce. Indeed, the National Academies of Sciences asserts that working with children under five requires as complex knowledge and skills as teaching older children. Yet our…

Early-education survey highlights public-private differences


April 26, 2016 AssessmentEconomics and FinanceWorkforce
Tiffany Danitz Pache

In Vermont, teachers who work in early learning tend to have satisfaction with their jobs. What they don’t have is good pay unless they work in the public schools, according to a report from the Department for Children and Families. The report is based on three surveys of those who work with children in day…

Age of Learning Offers Comprehensive Kindergarten Readiness Resources to Families and Educators


April 21, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
PR Newswire

Recognized as the No. 1 digital learning resource for young children, the award-winning ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy has become a trusted curriculum for millions of parents and more than 65,000 teachers across the United States. To further support families and early childhood educators in preparing children for kindergarten, Age of Learning, Inc., the creator of…

Just how much does child care cost for parents in America?


April 13, 2016 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Matthew Lynch

If you’re a parent, you know how debilitating the cost of child care can be on your wallet. From weekly tuition costs that may rise with little notice to other expenses like gas, food, and doctor visits that add to the weekly expenditure, paying for your child’s care while your working may seem like more…

Flat funding frustrates preschool advocates


April 4, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Leslie Postal

Florida’s $82.3 billion budget for 2016 is its largest ever, but the preschoolers in Kathryn Sutton’s class, marveling at the seedlings sprouting in their tiny garden, will miss out on that spending boost. For the third year in a row, the per-student funding for the Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program will remain flat — and will…

Big plans for toddlers in San Antonio


March 4, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Juleyka Lantigua-Williams

An early-education experiment could help the city prepare for its future.

Minnesota child-care providers reject union


March 2, 2016 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Mary Lynn Smith

Minnesota child-care providers have overwhelmingly voted against unionizing, likely ending a debate that has been emotionally charged and politically divisive for a decade. The fight pitted some child-care workers against others and sharply divided legislators along party lines when they passed a law in 2013 that would allow the vote to unionize.