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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Infants ‘unable to use toy building blocks’ due to iPad addiction

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warn that rising numbers of children are unable to perform simple tasks such as using building blocks because of overexposure to iPads.”(more)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Districts should make early learning a priority in their local accountability plans

Ed Source – Ted Lempert and Mark Friedman

“The achievement gap is a term used so regularly in the education world that its realities can sometimes lose their significance. But according to new research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the gap is still very much here in California, resulting in sizable disparities between African American and Latino children and their white and Asian peers.”(more)

Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort

NPR – David Scharfenberg

“Preschool is getting a lot of attention these days. President Obama and mayors across the country are touting preschool as an important investment in the economy. As policymakers weigh the costs and benefits of “preschool for all,” they’re trying to figure out what actually works in the classroom.”(more)

Why Businesses Should See Early Childhood Development as a Smart Investment

Brookings – Emily Gustafsson-Wright

“In an increasingly competitive global economy, both job-specific skills and “soft skills” such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, are fundamental. Research shows that the development of these skills begins during the first few years of childhood.”(more)

Philip Tavill: Recognize the value of early childhood education

The Herald Tribune – Phillip Tavill

“The occasion is Children’s Week, and now in its 18th year its purpose is to remind legislators that the educational policy decisions they make today can and will have a dramatic impact on the future vitality of our state and the well-being of its citizens.”(more)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

EDITORIAL: Early childhood education best boost for literacy

The Chronicle Herald – Editorial

“Preparing children for school is not just the role of society. Parents, too, have a responsibility to read to their preschoolers to foster a lifelong love of books and learning. Even though parents are busy earning their livings, they can find a few minutes each day to read to children.”(more)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tracking kids over decades shows effect of early-childhood lessons

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Between 1972 and 1977, researchers randomly studied 111 children, from birth to age 8, and followed up decades later to see whether certain education and medical treatments in childhood reaped significant implications when those kids became adults.”(more)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Early child care providers play key role in kids’ development

The Newark Advocate – Anna Jeffries

“Early childhood providers have known for years that the first five years of life are critical for children’s academic future, Peasley said. That’s why they incorporate literacy, science, math and social skills into the activities they plan every day.”(more)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Books, and Compassion, From Birth

The New York Times – Ginia Bellafante

“And yet the attendant point is a crucial one: that we should concentrate our energies on helping the most vulnerable parents and children beginning at, or before, birth. Programs for 4-year-olds and even 3-year-olds, as Mr. Whitehurst put it, ‘come too late.’.”(more)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The power of preschool

Peta Luma 360 – Allison Jarrell

“Preschool students are 29 percent more likely to graduate high school, and a child educated in his first five years is 70 percent less likely to be arrested for a violent crime before the age of 18.”(more)