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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Research shows parents can help close the word gap in early childhood education

FOX 4 KC – John Pepitone

“Research shows that children in poor families hear about 30 million fewer words by the time they turn three, than similar kids from more well-to-do households. And that word gap often results in an achievement gap for those kids, both in school and throughout their lives.” (more)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Science of young brains has put more emphasis on early education

The Dallas News – Jeffrey Weiss

“A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from chomping on each other. These days, the best-respected programs have curriculums and lesson plans and assessment goals. Even for infants.” (more)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

For kids’ sake, for future of city, support early childhood education

The Indy Star – Ann D. Murtlow

“Like most mothers, Ashley (a parent advocate trained by Stand for Children Indiana) dreams that each of her children will succeed in school and become self-sufficient adults. But she knows the grim truth: As early as 18 months, children from low-income families face educational and opportunity gaps that will challenge them in school and increase their odds of ending up in the prison pipeline.” (more)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Children need to master an essential skill: friendship

The Star – Helen Branswell

“Studies have shown good friendships convey a range of health benefits, with positive effects on mental and physical health and longevity. So learning how to make friends is a critical skill.” (more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Increased Child Poverty Rate Disproportionately Impacts The Nation’s Youngest Learners

The Huffington Post – Sara Neufeld

“As big anniversaries do, this one provides a natural opening to look at how we have fared. Trends were both positive and troubling during a time of major demographic shifts: The nation’s population of children climbed from 64 million to 74 million. The percentage of white children declined, Latinos doubled and mothers of young kids entered the labor market in record numbers.” (more)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Obama Administration Unveils New Preschool Grant Program

Education Week – Alyson Klein

“Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia, which have already won federal grants to bolster their early-learning systems—or have robust early-childhood programs in place—could tap into even more money to improve preschool programs, under a new, $250 million “preschool development” grant competition announced by the Obama administration Wednesday.” (more)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Books Are Just a Start

The Huffington Post – T. Berry Brazelton

“Although reading can be a powerful force for early brain development, the nature of parent-baby conversations while reading and during other interactions matter at least as much. Even in the first weeks of life, parents and infants are attending to and responding to remarkably subtle features of each other’s vocalizations, gestures and facial expressions.” (more)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Putting Power Tools In The Hands Of 5-Year-Olds

NPR – Beth Fertig

“Educators say building is an important way for kids to learn by doing — just look at the enduring popularity of blocks and Lego.” (more)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

In Early Education, ‘Half-Day’ Is Wholly Harmful

Forbes – Alex Holt

“In public policy, the words used to frame a debate shape the debate itself. In the world of early education policy, we debate the merits of “half-day” versus “full-day” pre-K and kindergarten. But these terms don’t mean what we think.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Era provides ‘one of the best gifts you can give a child’

Cranston Herald – Dan Kittridge

“Marlena DeLuca and Vanessa Faiola…developed a concept for a preschool focused on foreign language immersion – a place where youngsters could reap the myriad benefits of a bilingual education and begin a lifelong learning process. “We wanted this for our children,” Faiola said. “We wanted our children to be bilingual, biliterate and bicultural … Exposing a child to a second language is one of the best gifts you can give a child.”” (more)