March 2012 Archives

Public Prekindergarten Programs Threatened in New York City

Parents push for elimination to make room for kindergarteners


Does Watching Harry Potter Promote Creativity in Kids?

New study says there is a link between magical thinking and creativity.


Finding the Beat Helps Students Learn Fractions, Study Says

Program uses drumming, chanting and music notation to teach the concept


Early Ed. to Get Another Crack at Race to the Top Money

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the new state grants for early childhood during a congressional hearing last week.


Study: Math Anxiety Changes Brain Function in Kids

Research could lead to new strategies for treatment, similar to those for other phobias.


Libraries Target Early Literacy for Youngest Learners

I couldn't begin to count the number of hours that I spent at the local library when my children were toddlers, sitting cross-legged on the floor for story hour or squeezed into those miniature chairs as we pored over picture book after picture book. These days, libraries nationwide are expanding services beyond the traditional story time as they increasingly recognize the role they can play in developing early-literacy skills in children. Some libraries are purchasing special early-literacy computer stations, beefing up book collections for babies and heading out into the community to reach children who may not be exposed to ...


Study: Consistent School Attendance Matters in Pre-K

Chronic absence predicts performance in later grades, a study finds.


Politics Seen Trumping Research in Battles Over Early Education

Preschool programs targeted for budget cuts


Early Reading Skills Are Focus in More Than 100 Cities

A national campaign to improve early literacy attracts cities and towns across the country.


Transitional Kindergarten Gains Support in California

State Assembly Committee on Education Funding Rejects Elimination of Program


Colorado Moving Ahead on Early-Literacy Bill

Students Who Don't Meet Reading Benchmarks Could be Retained


Is Early-Childhood Education Worth Spending Public Money?

Connecticut officials wants evidence that preschool helps kids


Study: Playing With Your Toddler Can Boost Academic Success

University of Utah researchers studied interactions between parents and kids


Technology and Early Childhood: Finding the Right Balance

Two early childhood education organizations issue a joint statement outlining guidelines on the appropriate use of technology and digital media for young children.


Mandatory Retention for Underperforming 3rd Graders?

Some states pushing retention to improve early literacy while others consider intervention


How Young Is Too Young to Be Identified as Gifted and Talented?

Maryland adopts regulations lowering age to prekindergarten


Rating System for Child Care, Early Learning Shows Promise

New study finds that QRIS can be improved


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