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Winners in the $250 million Preschool Development Grants program and recipients of $500 million in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership awards will be announced at a White House event Dec. 10.


Guidelines released from the nonprofit group Zero to Three, which focuses on early-childhood development, said that print-based or screen-based activities should be accompanied by interaction with an adult.


Bill Clinton added some heft to the push for early-childhood education last month when he chose it as the topic of the annual Hult Prize for young social entrepreneurs.


Seattle voters must choose where they stand on two competing proposals Nov. 4—one supported by two large unions, and one supported by the city government.


The Preschool Development Grants will give winning states the opportunity to bolster their current preschool programs, or help new programs get off the ground.


The new Educare center will serve nearly 200 infants through preschool students on the Winnebago Indian Reservation with native-language lessons and activities that teach and honor tribal culture and traditions.


Allowing children to explore through play helps them make sense of their world, said a group of early childhood experts.


The recipient, the Chicago-based Ounce of Prevention Fund, operates Early Head Start and Head Start programs and offers home visiting, among other direct services.


The state education chief says that the application is complete; all it needs is the governor's signature to take advantage of a deadline extension from the U.S. Department of Education.


Opportunity Nation, a coalition of more than 300 groups, created the index to offer a snapshot view of a community's economic, educational, and social performance.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan continues promoting the expansion of publicly funded preschool across the country, an Obama administration priority.


The next step for advocacy groups is to get candidates to support the initiatives, says Kris Perry, the executive director of the First Five Years Fund.


A new guide provides practical help to principals hoping to better bridge the world of early-childhood education and traditional elementary school education.


Researchers, pediatricians, advocates and government officials gathered at the White House Thursday to talk about the best ways to get parents to talk more to their children.


Homeless children under the age of 5 are more likely to suffer from toxic stress and run a heightened risk of starting kindergarten unprepared.


The Cato Institute and the Center for American Progress staked out different sides on the early-childhood debate in two recent reports.


RAND has released a list of six factors that educators and parents should consider when thinking the use of technology with young children.


Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, plans to ask the Montana legislature in November to set aside $37 million for the program in the 2017 biennial budget.


Two medical groups have launched efforts to encourage parents to read, talk, and sing with their children as early as birth.


City officials have pushed back hard against an analysis critiquing one of the mayor's landmark initiatives, a dramatic expansion of preschool slots citywide.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to borrow $17 million in "social impact bonds" to expand his city's public preschool program.


If you're a public school teacher in this country, chances are good that you're also a white woman. At the preschool level, the picture is slightly different.


The quick expansion of preschool in New York City could worsen existing inequalities, according to a report from UC Berkeley.


A study from the University of Washington shows how toddlers respond to cues from adults to determine if a particular action would draw anger.


The president has added a concrete, and ambitious, enrollment goal to his Preschool for All initiative.


State and federal policy should encourage the teaching of skills like self-regulation, planning, and the ability to collaborate with peers, the New America Foundation reports.


Private donations could save a Republican mayor's plan to expand public preschool, if only he can get the Democrats on the city council to agree to raise public funding.


Lillian Mongeau joins the Education Week blogging team to keep readers up to date on news and policy developments for the nation's youngest learners.


If we don't make policy changes soon, according to a new report, America runs the risk of losing its fastest growing resource: students who speak two languages.


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