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New research shows that only seven states administer a school readiness assessment to children upon entry to kindergarten with the goal of monitoring statewide readiness.


The U.S. Department of Education has added a new page to its website to help keep readers updated on early learning issues.


A proposed sex-education curriculum that would start for children as early as kindergarten is causing quite a stir in a Montana school district. The Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees heard public comment on the 62-page proposal for health education, which includes sex education in grades K-12, before a large crowd at a meeting Tuesday night. The Montana Family Foundation president, Jeff Laszloffy, went on Fox News to slam it, saying he doesn't believe children that young can emotionally deal with what they would be taught. But if you read the draft of the curriculum, sex education for kindergarteners would ...


Washington state has transferred its early-intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities from the social services agency to the early-education department, in a move that recognizes that such interventions help prepare children for a seamless and successful school experience.As of this month, Washington's Early Support for Infants and Toddlers program falls under the Department of Early Learning instead of the Department of Social and Health Services. The program offers children from birth to age 3 with disabilities services including specialized instruction, speech therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. "I created the Department of Early Learning in 2006 to ...


A big newspaper in Indiana has examined the impact of the state's early-childhood education policies, which experts say are causing children to be behind when they start 1st grade.Indiana is one of only eight states that do not fund preschool programs, and it doesn't require children to start school until they reach the age of 7, The Indianapolis Star Tribune article says."Indiana fails to give children what experts in early-childhood development consider the crucial foundation for a strong education," the recent article says.Only 20 percent of preschool-aged children in Indiana are enrolled in public pre-kindergarten programs,...


National Public Radio's Morning Edition yesterday aired a very interesting story on France, where children start school at age 3.While President Obama has said he would like for preschool to be available to all American children, universal preschool is already a "pillar of society" in many parts of Europe, the story said. In France, the preschool system, known as "ecole maternelle," allows 100 percent of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds to attend school, so that children have the same level of preparation when they start 1st grade, the story said. Ecole maternelle allows kids to be socialized and women to return...


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently announced three new grants to expand access to high-quality early care and education for children in the District of Columbia. "There are close to 2,000 children in the District of Columbia who lack access to early education programs, and that demand is growing," said Sterling Speirn, the president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in a news release. "It is encouraging to see these three organizations working to increase access to quality, early education for children in our nation's capital, which ultimately can be national models for key national stakeholders to ...


Summer camp is usually a time for fun and games for kids, but the Sacramento Bee features a story about a California school district that is using it as a much-needed time to prepare young kids for entering kindergarten. About 228 students, many of whom have never been to preschool, are attending the five- week program in nine prekindergarten camps run by the Sacramento City Unified School District. The program is funded by the First 5 Sacramento and First 5 California, programs that aid low-income children with money from a tobacco tax, the article says. "Statistics show that children who ...


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