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Better Education Starts With Adults

The U.S. News and World Report – Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones

“Children who attend public preschool programs are better prepared for pre-K than children who do not, according to a recent finding from the Brookings Institution. This finding stands in sharp contrast to the current state of pre-K education: Half of our nation’s 3- and 4-year-olds are left out of early education all together, and only 1 in 10 child care settings are rated as very high quality. How do we go about the task of simultaneously expanding and improving early education – creating more classrooms for more children – while also shaping and improving what is happening in those classrooms? It may seem initially counterintuitive, but the solution is to take a closer look at the adults, not the children – specifically our educators and leaders, from schoolhouse to statehouse. A recent report from the National Academies of Science makes clear that, at its core, quality early childhood education is rooted in the adults who provide it.”(more)

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