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September 16, 2011

Our Stupid Blind Spots on Early Childhood Standards and Curriculum

Earlier this week, the U.S. Departments of Education and HHS released an FAQ for the Early Learning Challenge RTT application, which contains useful information for states seeking to compete for the grant. This section of the FAQ, though, struck me as exemplifying so many things that are currently...

September 12, 2011

Rick Scott, Early Childhood Governor?

Keep an eye on this one: Florida Governor Rick Scott isn't typically thought of as an early childhood guy--he's better known in education circles for ending teacher tenure and his ties to Michelle Rhee. But apparently Scott really wants Florida to compete for an Early Learning Challenge Race to the ...

August 24, 2011

How to Grow a Great Early Childhood Workforce: Charter Colleges of Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, and is frequently promoted as a strategy for narrowing achievement gaps and improving children's educational and life outcomes. But achieving these outcomes is going to require improvements in the education and skills of the ad...

August 23, 2011

Quick and Dirty ELC Summary

Ok, I recognize that my previous post on this is pretty long, so here's a quick and dirty about what you need to know. In order to compete for an Early Learning Challenge Grant, states will have to: Commit to and set targets for improving school readiness of high-need children in their state. ...

August 23, 2011

What You Need to Know about Final Early Learning Challenge Criteria Released Today

This afternoon, while most D.C. workers were loitering on sidewalks outside the office buildings from which they'd been evacuated due to an earthquake in Virginia, staff from the White House, Department of Education, and Department of Health and Human Services stayed put to lead a national conferenc...

August 16, 2011

Straight Talk on Preschool as Job Training

A lot of early ed folks have been tweeting and recommending this recent NPR story that calls preschool "the best job training program," provoking a lot of eye-rolling on my part. Look—I support high-quality pre-k as much as anyone. There's strong evidence that the "soft skills" James Heckman t...

July 19, 2011

How Can Everything Look so Different, Yet so the Same?

Cross-posted from Eduwonk. The new Early Learning Challenge is being referred to in some quarters as "Race to the Top for early childhood education." That's quite literally true, in the sense that the Early Learning Challenge is being funded out of a pool of funds appropriated this year specifical...

July 07, 2011

Turbo!

My fellow Ed Week blogger Rick Hess has a great interview this week with KIPP co-founded Mike Feinberg, in which he talks about Feinberg's "KIPP Turbo" plan to grow the Houston KIPP network to more than 40 schools, which would serve 10% of Houston kids. One thing that Rick and Mike don't get into ...

June 23, 2011

Early Learning Challenge: Potential Peer Review Problems?

I've already voiced a considerable amount of skepticism and concern this week as regards the new Early Learning Challenge program under Race to the Top, but my biggest concern about this program isn't about the program itself--it's about the peer reviewers. In the wake of Race to the Top and i3, t...

June 21, 2011

Early Learning Challenge: Where are the Foundations?

If I were a foundation that had invested significant funding in early childhood education over the past decade, I can tell you exactly what I'd be doing right now. I'd be offering grants to states to help them plan for and write their applications for the federal Early Learning Challenge competition...

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