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.
The New America Foundation offers eight recommendations to teachers, districts, states, and federal officials that the organization believes will strengthen early-learning programs.
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.
Educators of young children can use their summer to dig into some of the research-validated interventions listed here.
Having engaging conversations with children about books is as important as just reading it to them, says a former education department official.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says its members should talk with families about the importance of early reading, and partner with groups that can get books to low-income families.
School leaders in the 34,000-student district are hoping to boost school readiness and enrollment in prekindergarten classes by enacting the measure.
The National Governors Association is looking to influence Congress and the White House as lawmakers debate federal funding for early-childhood education.
The district will expand slots using other funding sources, but community members are angry at the loss of Head Start funds for 2014-15.
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, now in 34 states, has an impact on how often Latino parents read to their children, and how these parents see themselves as advocates.