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September 08, 2017

Oakland Schools Receive $3 Million Investment to Boost Student Outcomes

Funding from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation is intended to train teachers and help students hit literacy benchmarks at 39 of the city's elementary and charter schools.

July 11, 2017

Oral Storytelling Helps Black Boys, Girls at Different Stages, Study Finds

A new study finds that strong oral storytelling skills in preschool help both African-American girls and boys with reading, but at different times in their elementary school careers.

November 23, 2015

3rd Grade Literacy: How Much Progress Is Your State Making?

A new report ranks every state in the country on how it's doing at preparing students to be reading proficiently at the end of 3rd grade, a critical benchmark for later academic success.

September 18, 2015

Ask A Scientist: How Does Vocabulary Size at Age 2 Affect Kindergarten Performance?

A new study finds that the size of a 2-year-old's vocabulary predicts that child's reading, math, and self-regulation abilities in kindergarten.

September 14, 2015

Ask A Scientist: Can Brain Scanners 'See' a Kid's Imagination at Work?

Dr. John S. Hutton at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is the lead author of a study that pinpointed the part of the brain that helps children visualize stories read to them.

August 05, 2015

Storytelling Skills in Black Children Tied to Early Literacy, Study Says

The ability to tell vivid, complex stories was linked to kindergarten literacy skills for black children, but not for children in other racial and ethnic groups, recent research found.

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.

March 27, 2015

North Carolina State Preschool Grads See Growth Through Kindergarten

Children who attended North Carolina's state preschool program continued to make better-than-expected gains at the end of kindergarten, according to a recent study.

March 23, 2015

Study: Talkative Fathers Matter for Young Children

How much fathers talk to young children has a direct positive effect on their kindergarten performance, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina.

February 18, 2015

Boosting Early Literacy Skills Focus of New Rural Schools Collaborative

A new program is targeting 21 rural schools across the country to boost literacy instruction and improve early-literacy skills, especially among rural children from low-income households.

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