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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bilingual parents: Talking to your child in your native language makes it easier for them to learn English

The Deseret News – Emily Hales

“Parents who worry that speaking their native language at home will disrupt their child’s ability to learn English have nothing to fear.” (more)

The School-To-Prison Pipeline Can Start Even Before Kindergarten, Mother Points Out

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“In the essay, black mother Tunette Powell wrote that her two preschool-aged sons have been suspended from schools a total of eight times, and she wonders if these suspensions might be the result of unintentional biases against black students.” (more)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Investing in early learning

The Buffalo News – Tiffany Lankes

“The parts of the brain that affect how children learn are already developed well before they enter kindergarten.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Math and Music: An Inseparable Learning Duo

The Huffington Post – Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

“American K-12 students trail much of the developed world when it comes to math achievements, and more than half of high school graduates are not adequately prepared to succeed in a college math course…One subject area that has long been associated with heightening math skills and aptitude is music.” (more)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Obama to Report Widening of Initiative for Black and Latino Boys

The New York Times – Mokoto Rich

“President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation.” (more)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Experts push early education for poor kids — pre-K may be too late

The Orlando Sentinel – Kate Santich

“For Florida’s 1 million children growing up in poverty, kindergarten — and even pre-K — is too late to start giving them the help many will need to grow into capable, productive adults.” (more)

Four Lessons From Early Education

Education Week – Joan Wasser Gish

“Many in K-12 schooling want change and are scouring the learning landscape for thoughtful guidance. They might be surprised to find important lessons from an unexpected source: early-childhood education.” (more)

Democratic, Republican Voters Want More Preschool, And They Want It Now

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“Both Democratic and Republican voters want more of an investment in early childhood education, and they want it now, according to a new national poll.” (more)

Teachers Turn to Crowdfunding to Open Preschools

Time – Staff Writer

“Teachers and parents in Chicago are turning to crowdsourced online funding to open preschools.” (more)

A Parent Answering a Call for Pre-K Teachers Goes Back to Work (and School)

The New York Times – Rachel L. Swarns

“This summer, Ms. Martino is guiding a phalanx of 4-year-olds as they dash through sprinklers and navigate the complex social universe that is summer camp in Glendale, Queens. To the children and parents, she is simply Miss Lisa, a group leader who tames the unruly buckles of wayward water shoes and tells engrossing stories about sharks and giants.” (more)