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Pre-to-3: Spreading awareness of early-childhood education — with Elmo’s help

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“When the National Institute for Early Education Research releases its annual State of Preschool Yearbook every year, Kansas and Missouri don’t attract a lot of attention. Neither state has increased enrollment of 3- and 4-year-olds in public pre-K programs in recent years. “There are large gaps in terms of the number of children who are accessing early-childhood services,” Halley French, an education program officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, Mo., said in an interview.” (more)

Preschool program preps kids for academic success through elementary school

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“A program that helps low-income parents prepare their children for school has benefits that extend beyond kindergarten and into into third grade, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers found that the preschoolers of parents who participated in the program performed better academically, acquired better social emotional skills and needed fewer additional school services when they were in third grade.” (more)

It Takes A Village: Closing the STEAM gap requires early education

The Pittsburgh Courier – Rajoielle Register

“While teachers offer an impressionable climate for first-hand learnings and experiences, parents provide the most important impact and stimulus on a child’s early life. Early exposure to non-traditional learning environments not only creates a generation of new dreamers and thought leaders, but also provides them with an eye-opening and novel perspective on the limitless opportunities that is their future.” (more)

Best States for Early Education

The U.S. News and World Report – Andrew Soergel

“Domestic and international research efforts have consistently pointed to a connection between to quality pre-K and early education programs and longer term academic success.” (more)

What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care

Medical X-Press – Wendy Boyd

“Parents often have different expectations for their three- to five-year-old children when they attend an early learning centre. Some parents expect their child to engage in academic learning activities or “real learning”. Academic activities are associated with formal school-based learning such as writing, reading and knowing their numbers.” (more)