February 2011 Archives

The House has introduced a bill to keep the government from shutting down. The short-term measure would cut K-12 spending, but only one early learning program, Even Start, would be eliminated.

Yesterday, Vanderbilt University's Peabody Research Institute released two studies showing that children enrolled in the state's pre-K program made greater academic gains than peers not in the program.

Iowa is proving a bellwether among states with shifts in party control and how that may impact state-funded preschool.

A study in the current issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly says prekindergarten teachers are doing a good job overall in teaching early literacy skills, but should focus more on vocabulary instruction and exercises that build self-control as part of a broader curriculum. This finding is based on assessment of a cohort Michigan 3- and 4-year-olds attending preschool. Michigan State researcher Lori Skibbe and colleagues are among the first to directly assess self-regulation in this age group. Researchers found children who spent two years in preschool did better in literacy skills: learning the alphabet and understanding how letters come together ...

On Jan. 31, the University of Nebraska announced the creation of the Buffet Early Childhood Institute.

While much ado has been made of the return on investment early childhood education can offer in terms of reduced crime, increased employment and other positive outcomes later in life, recent research adds a note of skepticism about these claims.

The First Five Years Fund recently launched Our Head Start, a web site where adults who attended Head Start as children are telling their stories.


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