December 2015 Archives

The Early Years "Ask a Scientist" series yielded some of the most popular blog posts of 2015, as did a number of posts on other research topics.


The Integrating Technology in Early Literacy website highlights more than 30 programs around the country that are using devices such as tablets and web video to enhance literacy instruction.


Part Two: Alison Gopnik, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, takes big philosophical questions and answers them scientifically. In this part of our interview, Gopnik discusses how children learn that other people don't always prefer goldfish snacks.


The city's prekindergarten program is approaching universal access, which was a campaign promise of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who convinced the state legislature to provide $300 million to help launch it.


Part One: Alison Gopnik, a professor at the University of California at Berkley, takes big philosophical questions and answers them scientifically. In the first part of our interview, she talks about how adept young children are at figuring out the physical world.


The Pre4Cle program, which launched in the 2014-15 school year, works directly with existing preschools in an effort to increase enrollment and program quality.


Congress shows its interest in early childhood by increasing the budgets of Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant.


Should we spend more money to make preschool free for everyone? Or should we spend less to make sure it's available to those who need it most?


Only 25 percent of children 12 or younger in California with working parents have a licensed child-care spot available to them, according to a Nov. 19 report.


Sixty-one percent of voters think early-childhood educators are paid too little, according to a poll of 950 likely voters released Dec. 2.


After much fanfare about its launch, the number of funded spots for Indiana's new public preschool program is far outstripped by demand.


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