April 2013 Archives

San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program gets some on-the-ground attention from the Obama administration.

A National Institute for Early Education Research report released today says that recent state funding increases for preschool aren't enough to pull states out of a 10-year-long slide.

Holding back preschoolers prior to kindergarten, known as "redshirting," is prevalent in wealthier communities, but not necessary, new research shows.

The state attorney general says the Hawaii governor's proposed preschool plan requires a constitutional amendment to allow state money would go to private preschools.

Play can, and should, be used as an assessment says the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The hour-long event, which will be archived, features initiatives in Maine and Massachusetts.

While Americans debate how to train preschool teachers, the English set up university tracks specifically for early childhood educators.

HHS launches an education campaign to boost breastfeeding among African-American women.

The U.S. Department of Education plans to award $370 million as part of the initiative to improve early learning in the states.

The Alliance for Early Success plans a focus from birth to age 8, says its executive director.

Teachers and parents looking to read stories about minorities can locate material at the Anti-Defamation League website.

Organizations that support early-childhood education are mobilizing to put their weight behind the president's proposal for a major expansion of such services.

Ensuring teacher quality while ramping up early childhood education is key, RAND researcher says.

President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget proposal includes programs for infants and young children.

New ideas for school reform can be unlocked by educators during their playtime, a new book states.

States have taken the lead in creating preschool programs, but they don't have enough money to enroll all children, according to the Center for American Progress.

Providence, R.I., is implementing a $5 million plan to measure the ways in which families and caregivers talk to poor children, in hopes of improving literacy.

A study of Tennessee pre-K teachers showed them hard-pressed to name stories with ethnic minorities in them, a Missouri professor writes.

Twenty-five of 125 low-performing Head Start providers will have their federal funding shifted to other providers, the Office of Head Start announced today.

The Education Commission of the States reports wide disparities in how kindergarten students are educated nationwide.

The Boston preschool program combined research-driven curricula with teacher coaching.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children now offers a free guide to effectively using social media.

Early-intervention services should not be left out of early-learning expansion plans, says the Council for Exceptional Children's early-childhood division.

Longtime journalist and mother of three, Julie Blair is now blogging for Education Week on the Early Years blog.


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