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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Details of pre-K overhaul in Louisiana unveiled

The Advocate – Will Sentell

“Despite tight state finances, additional financial aid will be needed to make Louisiana’s pre-K overhaul work, state Superintendent of Education John White said Monday .” (more)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Minneapolis Superintendent Bans Suspensions for Younger Children

Education News – Grace Smith

“Minneapolis has decided that suspending children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade for non-violent behavior is the wrong approach to discipine.” (more)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quality early childhood education provides students keys to lifelong success

The Bellingham Herald – Sally Holloway

” What’s more exciting than starting school, especially if you are beginning kindergarten? However, beneath the excitement, is the reality that on the first day of school not all 5-year-olds will have the abilities and social skills they need for success. Some can almost read a story and write their names. Others have not had the opportunity to open their own book or hold their own crayon. Early learning experiences prepare children for school and for future success.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Being Exposed to Two Languages May Increase Cognitive Benefits in Babies

Science World Report – Catherine Griffin

“Being exposed to two languages in infancy may not just be good for learning a second language. It also may help children in the future. Scientists have found that infants exposed to two languages recognized familiar images far faster and paid attention to novel images far more when compared to monolingual infants.” (more)

In U.S., 70% Favor Federal Funds to Expand Pre-K Education

Gallup – Jeffrey M. Jones

“Seven in 10 Americans say they favor using federal money to make sure high-quality preschool education programs are available for every child in America. Twenty-eight percent oppose the idea.” (more)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling

NPR – Mat Collette

“Men can play an important role in the development of young children. And experts say male teachers are particularly important role models for boys who grow up without father figures.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

As Prekindergarten Expands in New York City, Guiding Guided Play

The New York Times – Ginia Bellafante

“On Thursday, more than 50,000 public school children in New York embarked on their formal education as the city officially began its expanded prekindergarten program, the marquee undertaking of Bill de Blasio’s mayoralty. The days leading up to the start of the school year were as frantic as anyone might have predicted — staffing and supplying the program have been compressed into just a few months. Facing safety concerns and other issues, several centers were unable to open; others faced delays.” (more)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling

NPR Ed – MATT COLLETTE

“Experts hope New York City’s unprecedented pre-K expansion will lead more men to consider teaching small children…Men can play an important role in the development of young children. And experts say male teachers are particularly important role models for boys who grow up without father figures.” (more)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Commentary: Early childhood education boosts economic, social mobility

The Palm Beach Post – Cressman Bronson

“One of the earliest indicators of a child’s future success is the number of words he or she hears prior to kindergarten. Language development begins with the interplay of words between the parent and child and helps nurture vocabulary, which is considered the building block of education. The frequency and richness of natural conversation in a child’s first years plays a key role in development.” (more)

Full-day kindergarten impacts Grades 1, 2

The Star – Kristin Rushowy

“Ontario kindergarten students are so ahead in their learning that it’s prompting school boards to revisit the curriculum for subsequent grades.” (more)