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March 14, 2011

Report Underscores Disconnect in Early Childhood Data

An important new report from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of state data systems for early childhood care and education. There is some good news here: States are actually collecting a lot of data on early childhood education pr...

March 03, 2011

Good News on Pre-k in the Volunteer State

New research out of Tennessee documents the positive impacts of that state's voluntary pre-k program. Because more families want to participate in Tennessee's pre-k program than are able to be served in many districts, researchers were able to compare a sample of children who were randomly selected ...

March 01, 2011

Getting Inside the BA Degree Black Box

For the past decade, the universal pre-k movement has worked diligently to increase the number of pre-k teachers who have bachelor's degrees. Pre-k advocates have urged the creation of state regulatory requirements mandating bachelor's degrees for teachers in state-funded pre-k, and they have suppor...

February 23, 2011

Charter Schools and Pre-k: Recognizing the Opportunities

In a new paper published this week by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, I look at the common goals and challenges facing the charter school and pre-kindergarten movements, and describe how both movements could benefit from greater collaboration. The charter school and univers...

February 09, 2011

We Go Together....

Check out this cool partnership between KIPP and the Children's Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. CLI, which conducts research and operates initiatives to improve quality in early childhood education programs, will partner with KIPP to launch a model pre...

February 07, 2011

Breaking the Code: How to Make Early Childhood About Reform

Wanna understand the political challenges facing the pre-k movement? Check out Joe Klein on the State of the Union. In a column praising the centrist tenor of Obama's speech, Klein writes: When he dealt with education, he eschewed the standard Democratic talking points about early-childhood progra...

January 25, 2011

SOTU Reax: Higher Ed, Crushing ESEA and Early Childhood Dreams (but a plug for DREAM)?

Despite all the hype leading up to it, there was, as my colleague Andrew Rotherham notes, not a lot of substance on K-12 education in tonight's State of the Union Address. Most of what was there was not new (see below) or feel-goody: calls for parental responsibility, calls to respect teachers, call...

January 09, 2011

In Case You Were Wondering What Some of the First 420 Signs Were...

The Post's Conor Williams has a good piece looking in further detail at the school reform situation in D.C. and why the election of Vincent Gray as Mayor is not the catastrophe for D.C. ed reform many national voices assumed it was. Williams particularly highlights Gray's selection of Hosanna Mahale...

January 06, 2011

Building a Pre-K System

I've spent this week on the blog arguing that we should regard publicly funded pre-k as a structural arrangement, rather than a specific instructional intervention. This has implications for how we think about pre-k research, but it also has broader implications for how policy debates address pre-k....

January 05, 2011

Think You Can Ignore Early Ed in 2011? Better Think Twice!

So the CW in Washington these days is that early ed issues are "out" (in the words of eduflack Patrick Riccards) and that, with early ed advocates having lost key battles in 2010, and the incoming Tea Party Congress no fan of guv'mint-funded early childhood programs, nobody should expect much action...

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