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October 13, 2017

Academic Gaps Linger Between Social Classes at Kindergarten Start, Study Finds

A study released last month by the Economic Policy Institute finds that large academic gaps found between kids from low-income families and more affluent ones have gone unchanged since the late 1990s.

August 21, 2017

'Redshirt' Your Kids? Study Adds Fuel to a Complicated Debate

Older-than-grade children have higher test scores and college attendance rates, but an author warns against using those findings to make decisions on holding a child back.

July 07, 2017

California's Transitional Kindergarten Program Shows Academic Gains

A study by the American Institutes for Research has found that students who enroll in California's transitional kindergarten program are better prepared for kindergarten than other children.

May 16, 2017

Preschool Curriculum Creator Extends Reach to Kindergarten

Countering a trend of pushing elementary-style academics down to younger children, a preschool curriculum creator has developed a course of study intended for kindergarten students.

August 29, 2016

Kindergarten Readiness Gaps Narrow Between Affluent and Poor Students

Researchers have suggested that low-income parents are receiving the message that "these early years are important," says one early-education advocate.

June 23, 2016

More Mississippi Children On Track at the End of Kindergarten Year

More Mississippi children are meeting benchmarks on a test of early-childhood literacy skills, according to the state's department of education.

October 27, 2015

Early Learning Challenge Grant Winners Making Key Gains, Says Ed. Dept.

The Education Department released a positive update of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant program, even as it fights to renew another early-childhood initiative.

July 29, 2015

Texas Governor Keeps His Early Ed. Promises

Gov. Greg Abbott made improving early childhood support in his state a key element of his campaign, and he has kept many of those promises.

June 18, 2015

Young Children Held Back by Social Class, Study Finds

The Economic Policy Institute says that the gaps between children from high-income and low-income families extend to non-cognitive or "soft" skills, as well as skills such as reading and math.

April 10, 2015

N.M. Extends Extra-Days Program Aimed at Some Low-Income K-3 Students

A New Mexico program providing 25 extra days of class time for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade has brought excellent results, according to outside evaluators.

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