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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Inslee Outlines Early Childhood Education Plans for Washington

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has introduced a plan to upgrade education in the state, including working on the preschool program for poor children, creating a full day kindergarten program, and hiring 7,000 more teachers in an effort to reduce class sizes among the first three grade levels in all elementary schools.”(more)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

John Florez: Public education needs transformation

The Deseret News – John Florez

“What we need is a transformation, if not a revolution in education. If our business leaders are serious about educating our children, they must look beyond their workforce and act to educate all children to thrive in the unknown world they will inherit. We need business leaders who have the courage to spend the same political capital on education that they have spent in making Utah a top business-friendly state — deregulate education. They should lobby legislators to create a stable, predictable and politically regulatory-free environment for education; otherwise, lawmakers will continue to stifle education with their yearly dozen laws, the latest fads and unproductive data gathering.”(more)

The White House Wants You To Know That Preschool Is Really Good For The Economy

The Huffington Post – Rebbecca Klein

“A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers makes the case that investing in preschool education is absolutely worth it. The report, released Wednesday morning, comes out the same day that the White House is convening a Summit on Early Education. While President Barack Obama has not yet persuaded Congress to pass a major preschool expansion bill, he pointed at the Summit to other indications of progress.”(more)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“Little children are big news this week, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education on Wednesday. The president wants every 4-year-old to go to preschool, but the new Congress is unlikely to foot that bill. Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there’s still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years. In New York City, an ambitious, $25 million study is collecting evidence on the best way to raise outcomes for kids in poverty. Their hunch is that it may begin with math.”(more)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Early investment in children’s education pays off later, group says

The Gazette – Debbie Kelley

“Bill Jaeger, a vice president with the Colorado Children’s Campaign, an advocacy and lobbyist organization, said the achievement gap starts early, with vocabulary disparities emerging at 18 months. By age 3, he said, children from wealthier families have spoken and heard twice as many words as children from poor families.”(more)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Personal View: Early childhood education is smart choice as high-priority policy item

Crain’s Cleveland Business – PAUL CLARK and BARRY DOGGETT

“The poll found that 80% of voters ranked “making sure children get a strong start in life so they will perform better in school” as a high priority for government policy. In fact, in ranking the most urgent needs for action, voters put ensuring a strong start for children well ahead of reducing the tax burden on families, and just below the need for increasing job growth.”(more)

Full-day preschool prepares kids better for kindergarten, Minnesota study concludes

Oregon Live – Staff Writer

“ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new study at the University of Minnesota found that child participants who attended all-day preschool were better prepared for kindergarten than those who didn’t.”(more)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Early Childhood Education Should Include A Full Day Of Pre-K; Prepares Kids Better For School System

Medical Daily – Anthony Rivas

“Pre-kindergarten is one of the most important aspects of early childhood education. It acts as a buffer, helping kids whose parents didn’t, or couldn’t, stimulate them enough (educationally) beforehand to reach a level playing field with regard to educational attainment. Many parents have suspected this for some time now, and new research from the University of Minnesota confirms it: Pre-kindergarten is crucial to not only children’s development but also their readiness for the school system.”(more)

What Every School Can Learn From Preschools

NPR – ANYA KAMENETZ

“Listening. Sharing. Following directions. Making friends. Managing big emotions. Planning for the future. A high-quality preschool program helps children develop in all these ways. But, a new report argues, such matters of the heart shouldn’t be left behind just as students are learning to tie their shoes.”(more)

Pre-K supporters say more early education could lead to lower prison numbers

WRVO – ELLEN ABBOTT

“Research shows a connection between early childhood education and crime. Central New York boosters of universal pre-kindergarten say that should be an important consideration when it comes to funding quality programs.”(more)