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How states can support parent choice for early learning


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Elliot Regenstein and Chris Strausz-Clark

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, families with young children struggled to find the right early learning setting for their child.  Parents want settings that are affordable, convenient, and where their child will be loved and appreciated.  When those

COVID-19: My time, your time, our kids’ time.


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Milagros Nores

Like every parent, I found myself in March both working from home and scaffolding and supporting my kids every day of their remote schooling. After the summer break, the juggling resumed and continues still today. My school district’s remote learning p

During these times of limited access to in-person preschool classrooms, families are searching for ideas to support their children’s learning at home. Many websites have been created and some adapted to address remote learning including Common Sense Me

Like preschool children in many countries dealing with the pandemic, preschoolers in China have needed to learn from home instead of in school with their friends. And like parents in many countries, parents in China were not prepared to provide a child

Ensuring Benefits for All Preschoolers


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By Jason Hustedt With NIEER and University of Delaware colleagues, I recently looked at effects of the New Mexico PreK program in an Early Childhood Research Quarterly journal article. Results of our study show good news for young children in New Mexic

With four children under the age of 9, I am among our nation’s millions of parents dramatically affected by school closures due to the pandemic. Our old normal was replaced by a new normal of uncertainty and chaos. What comes next? How do we support ou

As the saying goes, those who do not learn their history are doomed to repeat it.  Living in the present COVID-19 environment, we’d be foolish not to revisit our history lessons to see how they might guide post-COVID policy responses.  Fortune recently

Having dealt with COVID-19 longer than any nation, China’s experience offers important lessons for American early care and education policymakers. China responded to the virus’ impact on children in two broad moves: (1) closing school and child care cl

Billowing across the tide of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic is a beginning tidal wave of need for emergency child care, especially for essential workers and low-income and homeless families. Child care, Head Start, Pre-K and other educators and leader

What Must We Do Right Now for Child Care Providers?


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Dr. Allison Friedman-Krauss

As a full-time working mom of a not-quite two-year-old, I have lots of “mom guilt” over leaving my toddler at child care for nine-ish hours each day. I’ve always wished for more time with him and am sad when I think about all the hours he spends at “sc

Every day the numbers testing positive for COVID-19 rise and countries around the world face new realities. If there is anything this crisis has reinforced, it is that there are no real borders. We are all interconnected. While advocates for children a

Into the unknown. Managing home-schooling and work in the age of COVID-19.


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Milagros Nores, Ph.D., Co-Director for Research, National Institute for Early Education Research

We might all wish for some magic in our worlds right now, but while waiting for that I thought I would share with others my practical approaches to home schooling. At least for me, there is no Olaf to keep the happy going, and I feel slapped with a rea

Financing High-Quality Infant-Toddler Care


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Karen Schulman, Child Care and Early Learning Research Director, National Women’s Law Center

High-quality care for infants and toddlers is essential to the well-being of families. It supports the healthy development and learning of children during their crucial early years and enables parents to work so they can gain financial security for the

Should Lead Teachers Have Their Own Credential?


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Valora Washington, PhD, CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, and Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

The quality and standards for early childhood education (ECE) can vary widely across the U.S. and often depend on where you live. The Council for Professional Recognition (CFPR) has helped establish standard competencies for early childhood educators b

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My Search for the Holy Grail: High Quality Infant Care: Part I


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Allison H. Friedman-Krauss

(Part II) We visited the first child care center at the beginning of my second trimester. For comparison, I don’t think we visited pediatricians until I was nearly 8 months pregnant. (I’ve never heard anyone having a problem finding a pediatrician, but

Instructional alignment for sustaining the prekindergarten boost: Early findings from Boston


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AUTHORS: Christina Weiland, Meghan McCormick, JoAnn Hsueh, Jason Sachs, Catherine Snow, Michelle Maier, Rebecca Unterman, and Anna Shapiro

Recently, our research team released findings from a set of studies on the Boston Public Schools Prekindergarten Program that examined whether and under what conditions the boost from their prekindergarten program lasts through third grade.  Findings a

Katherine Hodges and Karin Garver The State of Preschool 2018 yearbook makes it easy to find how many children in your state attend public pre-K. Or whether your state, or others, requires pay parity for pre-K teachers with K-3. And if someone with onl

Reimagining ECE’s Approach to Change


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This article draws from the authors’ new book Ready or Not: Early Care and Education’s Leadership Choices —12 Years Later. Why has early childhood education (ECE) not yet achieved its desired level of impact? As authors, we’ve tried to tackle this ques

Class size reduction policy has been long debated in early education as well as the K-12 sphere. This is not surprising given the ambiguity in defining class size and the mixed findings across several research studies. The only true experiment for pres

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