Preschool Grant Competition Aims to Expand Access to Early Learning

The $240 million grant program has separate tracks for states just getting off the ground with preschool, and for states that already have robust programs.


'Preschool Nation': Summit Weighs State of Early-Childhood Education

What was billed as the first Preschool Nation Summit, held in New York City, brought together education leaders to discuss best practices for early-childhood education.


Head Start's Acting Director Reflects on Program as 50th Anniversary Nears

Requiring some Head Start providers to recompete for federal funding has been difficult, but will ultimately strengthen the program, says acting director Ann Linehan in a wide-ranging interview.


New Report Offers Ideas for 'Renewing Head Start's Promise'

Changes underway at the federally funded preschool program for poor children are a good start, but need to go further, says policy analyst Sara Mead.


Inclusion Affects Language Skills of Preschoolers With Disabilities

Children with strong language skills boost the language performance of their classmates with disabilities, according to a recent study.


Head Start Releases Results in Second Round of Grant Recompetition

The Office of Head Start says 114 grantees won federal funding after low-performing providers were required to recompete for federal aid; but it's unclear which are new to Head Start.


Mother Pens Powerful Essay on Preschool Sons' Suspension

Omaha, Neb., mother Tunette Powell's story about her sons' frequent removals from preschool revives a discussion on racial disparities in school discipline.


Report: Slow Gains Made in Children's Well-Being Despite Economic Downturn

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count data book finds improvement on 10 of 16 indicators, but racial gaps remain and poverty is on the rise.


Report Urges High-Quality Teaching and Sustainable Funding for Early Education

The New America Foundation offers eight recommendations to teachers, districts, states, and federal officials that the organization believes will strengthen early-learning programs.


Preschool Teacher Drain and Reaching Parents Through Text Messages

Good reads: An article about public programs "poaching" preschool teachers, and research about the effectiveness of sending text messages to parents offering tips on early literacy.


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