The University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute and the Ounce of Prevention Fund are partners in a project to help children and families, and build connections among teachers.

The interdisciplinary center will bring together scholards from education, law, medicine, public health, and the life sciences to work on both research and practice.

What does training look like now for early-educators, and how do administrators in the early ed world make human capital decisions?

In November, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will offer $250 million for innovative literacy programs through a grant called Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program. Striving Readers has been around for a while; what's new this year is an emphasis on funding programs serving children from birth up to grade 12. A call for applications is likely in January or February, and awards will be made in August. The money is divided into two pots: formula grants for states to develop literacy teams with the expertise needed to create birth-to-12 literacy programs, and competitive grants for programs themselves. ...

Overall state spending on prekindergarten programs nationally grew about one percent, to $5.4 billion, in fiscal year 2011, says the advocacy group Pre-K Now.

The executive director of Raising A Reader talks about California's transitional kindergarten initiative and what it needs to succeed.

Studies show that high-quality, dual-language preschools can be just as effective as English-only instruction in helping children to learn English.

A program in West Chicago starts with children speaking Spanish for 80 percent of the day in kindergarten, and they transition ove rthe years to an even split of Spanish and English.

A study finds that the presence of a therapy dog increased preschoolers' language use, boht in terms of quantity and complexity.

Babies who slept more during the night at 12 and 18 months did better at 18 and 26 months on some tasks, a new study says.


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