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December 01, 2010

Q&A: What California's Transitional K Needs to Succeed

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

November 23, 2010

Scenes from a Dual-Language Kindergarten

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.

November 22, 2010

Talk to the Animals!

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

October 22, 2010

Gesell Institute Study Finds Stability in Cognitive Milestones

Last Friday, the Gesell Institute of Human Development released a study comparing when children reach certain cognitive milestones today and when they did in the 20th century. Originally, early-childhood pioneer Arnold Gesell and colleagues published observation-based developmental schedules startin...

October 21, 2010

Bridging the Divide: From Pre-K to Grade 3

About 10 years ago, I was reporting in a struggling elementary school on Chicago's South Side. It had a well-regarded state prekindergarten program, but the pre-K director and the school principal barely had a nodding relationship with one another. It was hard to tell how many of the kids in the pre...

September 07, 2010

California: Budget Hold Shuts Kids out of Pre-K, Transitional K Kicks Off

California budget woes mean trouble for some pre-K students. For others, transitional pre-K begins.

September 03, 2010

California Resets Kindergarten Entry Date

The California Legislature just passed a bill to move the kindergarten birthday deadline from December to September. It calls for "transitional" kindergarten for 4-year-olds who miss the deadline.

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