September 2010 Archives

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that Arizona's mid-year budget shortfall looks worse than expected. Legislators are looking to cut health care and have already sponsored a ballot referendum that would sweep tobacco tax monies reserved for early-childhood education back into the general fund. In developing their latest budget forecast, state budget analysts assumed this referendum wouldn't pass, nor would another, that would sweep money for land conservation back into the general fund. And if the referenda fail, the legislature may have to go into a lame-duck special session to plug the budget hole. However, the fate of these referenda is ...

Well, I caught a preview of Waiting for Superman last night. For a great take on the film's weaknesses, see Rick Hess's post. The only thing I'd like to add to the conversation is I'm sad that a 102-minute film on education spent about one minute on anything under kindergarten. There's a minute or so of footage about the Harlem Children Zone's Baby College. And there's nothing about their Harlem Gems preschool, which has a strong track record of helping young kids close the achievement gap and go on to succeed in elementary school. So, what's the movie of the ...

Of the 49 Investing in Innovation grant winners, only one was exclusively focused on working with children from birth to age 5. Parents as Teachers won an i3 grant to provide home visiting and parent education to American Indian families with children in that age range. In her Policy Notebook blog, Sara Mead raised excellent questions about the i3 award process by taking a deep dive into PAT's application to fund this program, known as BabyFACE. She points out that though early childhood was a priority area in the selection process, all i3 grantees are expected to address K-12 education, ...

A proposed new federal rule would require lower-performing Head Start programs to compete for continued funding.

A new report suggests ways to help even the poorest families save for college and other long-term goals from the time their children are born.

Early-education advocates may want to keep an eye on the status of the DREAM Act, which would clear the way for undocumented students to get college aid and offer a path to citizenship.

A new white paper outlines strategies to improve pay for child-care workers, who can play an important role in children's pre-K development.

The word on the value of pre-K is getting out—to places one might not expect.

In the world of education,it doesn't get much hotter than a program combining STEM, early childhood, and arts education.

A look at what Illinois' new rules for bilingual preschools mean for two Chicago schools.

It's ironic that just when early childhood is faced with the challenge of weaving more and stronger academics into what it already does, K-12 educators are confronting the need to address issues beyond academics, such as health, fitness, and nutrition.

Two heavy-hitters are taking positions to help FFYF and the Ounce make a greater impact nationally.

In a Q&A, New America Foundation's Lisa Guernsey talks about state-level advocacy on behalf of pre-K programs, and where state budgets may be going.

A policy researcher and a mom offers some tools to help schools end the play vs. learning wars.

California budget woes mean trouble for some pre-K students. For others, transitional pre-K begins.

The California Legislature just passed a bill to move the kindergarten birthday deadline from December to September. It calls for "transitional" kindergarten for 4-year-olds who miss the deadline.

First, there were tea parties. Now, in Florida, there are milk parties.

Is the Montgomery County, Md., district suggesting that more time in pre-K, where kids play, means more time for academics in kindergarten?

Introducing Maureen Kelleher, EdWeek's newest blogger, who will be exploring education in the early years.


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