Turns out, the toys you buy your kids can affect how well they learn language, but maybe not in the way you think.
Oklahomans are a conservative bunch, by and large. Yet, support for one costly government intervention in the state is widespread: public preschool for 4-year-olds.
Researchers have found that children of parents who received parenting coaching as part of their well-child visits had significantly higher attention skills and lower levels of aggression than children whose parents did not get the extra support.
For the fourth-straight year, state spending on publicly funded preschool has increased, according to the latest report by the Education Commission of the States.
Voters in the conservative state, including a majority of Mormons, widely support public preschool, a survey finds, though respondents were divided on full-day kindergarten.
The Institute of Education Studies has just launched new research network focused on developing "reliable information and useful tools" for early educators and policymakers.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found that exposing infants to certain experiences can make them better learners a full year later.
Last year, there was far more talk than action among legislators and policymakers about expanding early-childhood education. The talk has started again.
Using data and evidence-based practices wisely will help improve the 50-year-old preschool program for low-income children, says a coalition of Head Start advocates and good governance groups.
A study of Tennessee preschool students found that those who were taught by highly rated 1st grade teachers performed better than those who had highly rated teachers but did not attend state preschool.