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Longtime educator Terry Lock has been appointed to the newly created position of state early childhood coordinator in Hawaii.

North Carolina lawmakers passed a budget that would cut 20 percent of funding for state pre-K (More at Four) and Smart Start, which serve children ages 6 and younger,

First lady Michelle Obama released a checklist today of healthy practices child care providers can use to reduce childhood obesity.

It's been a big week for early childhood on Capitol Hill: a Hollywood star promoting early learning and three new bills introduced in the Senate.

Researchers find that mothers use more complex language and have greater interaction with children when reading a wordless book than reading a book with text.

The director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute talks about how grantees are doing, their efforts in early learning, and the future of the program given federal budget challenges.

A total of $22 million in new money aims to boost child-care early and learning.

This video, sponsored by First Five Years Fund, will play on the CBS Jumbotron at 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues now through July 8, just in time for the last rounds of federal and state budget wrangling over early childhood funds.

While it's not news that kids don't learn well when they don't come to school, new research shows that chronic absence starts very young and can undermine children's gains in school readiness made while in preschool.


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