At last week's International Reading Association Convention, the national early-education organization Jumpstart announced "Llama Llama Red Pajama" will be the official book of this year's Read for the Record campaign.

Dr. Zollie Stevenson, Jr., formerly Title I director for the U.S. Department of Education, has been named Executive Director of the National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents.

By kindergarten, Illinois preschool participants had made statistically significant gains in language and social skills, a new study finds.

A coalition of K-12 groups led by the National School Boards Association has released a policy brief supporting inclusion of early childhood education in ESEA reauthorization.

To learn more about how the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partners with agencies to reach parents, I interviewed the executive director of Reach Out and Read, which gets books into the hands of poor families with young children.

Makers of the "Your Baby Can Read!" video series draw a complaint from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, accusing them of false and deceptive marketing.

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research, NIEER, released its annual yearbook, The State of Preschool 2010, which shows that total state funding for preschool declined by nearly $30 million; the first decline since NIEER began tracking in 2002. (To calculate state preschool spending, NIEER included state pre-K, state Head Start funds, and federal TANF and ARRA funds directed to preschool at states' discretion.

It's interesting to see more and more business leaders going public with their support for investment in early-childhood care and education.

Experts make a case for why early supports are critical to meet the goal of reading well by third grade and how to build bridges from pre-K to early reading.

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development found that in 2007 about 70 percent of Latino and black households with young children were income-poor and 40 percent had no financial assets.


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