Early Childhood

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At 'Nature Preschools,' Classes Are Outdoors

Nature-based preprimary programs are growing like weeds in forests and meadows around the country. (January 17, 2017)


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04/19 07:26 pm | What Does Science Tell Us About Prekindergarten? | A statement from a group of researchers offers a nuanced take about what science can say, and has not proven, about the value of prekindergarten.

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Quality Counts 2015: Preparing to Launch
Quality Counts is Education Week's annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education. This 19th edition of the report delves into early-childhood education.

Spotlight on Elementary Math

In this Spotlight, see how schools are taking new approaches to teaching fractions, developing young learners’ spatial and task skills, and opening new doors to math learning.

Map: Kindergarten Participation

Three-fourths of the nation's kindergartners attend full-day programs. Click the map to find enrollment numbers for your state.

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To make good on preschool investments, we need to look at what comes next, writes Stanford's Deborah Stipek.
March 17, 2017 – Education Week
Teachers in 2010 reported stronger academic skills among children entering school that year than did teachers in 1998, researchers at the University of Virginia and Stanford University found.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
Nature-based preprimary programs are growing like weeds in forests and meadows around the country.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
The latest PISA results showed that high-scoring 15-year-olds were more likely than low scorers to have had at least a year of preschool.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
Learning goals, funding strategies, and support for local districts are top of mind as states plot their prekindergarten course under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Making child care more affordable was one of a handful of education policy positions that President-elect Donald Trump tackled on the campaign trail.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
A program Hillary Clinton championed during her brief stint as a private citizen—Too Small to Fail—continues its work, encouraging parents to see themselves as their children’s first teachers.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Teachers, parents, and school leaders have a role in fostering student empathy, particularly when children are very young, writes Jessica Sager.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
While advocates and experts are pleased GOP nominee Donald Trump has weighed in on those topics, many of them question the specifics or want more detail.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
Many of the revisions reflect an evolving knowledge of how young children learn, as well as the changing landscape in the field of early education.
September 14, 2016 – Education Week

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