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April 05, 2012

Evolving Field on Early Childhood Assessment

Useful new report from NAEYC outlines key considerations in implementing Kindergarten entry and other large scale assessments for young children. It's a very thorough and informative piece and is, given the subject matter, shockingly clearly written. I particularly liked this refreshingly truthful d...

April 05, 2012

Federal Early Childhood Policy Needs to Fix Existing Programs

My colleague Andy Rotherham has a new TIME column looking at early childhood education and the cuts that states have been making in pre-k in recent years. Andy doesn't mention it, but states have also made sharp cuts in childcare funding, which enables low-income parents to work and helps some of th...

April 02, 2012

Aligning Early Childhood and K-12 Reform in the First State

Delaware is one of only 2 states nationally to win a federal Race to the Top, Early Learning Challenge Grant, and a competitive Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program grant. This shows that--contrary to the rhetoric you sometimes hear in education debates--a state can simultaneo...

March 25, 2012

A Development on Federal ELC Funding, and Nothing on Head Start Redesignation

So, it appears that the grant announcements for the 132 Head Start grants identified for designation renewal (aka, recompetition), which were forecast to be posted on Friday, March 23, have not, as of this blog post, yet been posted. It's possible that this is just an example of the federal governme...

March 23, 2012

False Fears on Head Start Recompete

I feel a little churlish picking at Simon van Zuylen-Wood's recent TNR piece on Head Start recompetition, given that TNR is actually covering early childhood issues that are typically woefully under-covered by the media, and that van Zuylen-Wood actually does unearth some legitimate issues with how ...

March 15, 2012

Higher Ed's Monopoly is Crumbling--Will Early Childhood Educators Benefit?

My friend and colleague Kevin Carey has a must-read piece in The New Republic this week about how a series of innovative initiatives are slowly beginning to chip away at traditional colleges and universities' monopoly on delivering postsecondary credentials--and the potential for "creative destructi...

February 28, 2012

Does the Administration think Early Childhood Doesn't Matter for Economic Growth?

It's awfully telling that the administration's new Education Blueprint: An Economy Built to Last document includes sections on Higher Education and K-12 reform but not early childhood. To be sure, the document gives some lip service to the Early Learning Challenge Fund, but it doesn't list administr...

February 22, 2012

Southern States Lead the Way on Full-Day K

Awesome chart from the Children's Defense Fund sums up the state of state-level policies on full-day kindergarten. Ten states and D.C. mandate* full-day K--all of them except for New Mexico located in the South. Accompanying state-specific fact sheets provide greater detail, including birthday cut-o...

February 13, 2012

Estimating the Odds on a Second Round of Early Learning Challenge Grants?

Will there be a second round of federal Early Learning Challenge Grants to help states build their early learning and development systems? It's a big open question. In December 2011 the Department of Education awarded grants to 9 states, using $500 out of just under $700 million in funding appropria...

February 07, 2012

When it Comes to Child Care Arrangements, Don't Forget Dad

Dads are playing a more prominent role in caring for their children while moms work, according to recently released Census Bureau data (h/t Eye on Early Education). In families with working moms and preschoolers, one-fifth of children have their father as their primary caregiver while mom works. And...

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