Early Childhood

The latest news about early childhood, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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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05/26 03:37 pm | State Preschool Funding Now Above Pre-Recession Levels, Enrollment Climbing | The State of Preschool report from the National Institute of Early Education Research found that spending is up, but state program quality is uneven.

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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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Head Start has helped prepare more than 33 million children for kindergarten, so why is there talk of defunding the bipartisan-supported program? asks Mark K. Shriver.
May 18, 2017 – Education Week
Researchers are developing scales to help teachers understand when young children’s math anxieties are getting in the way of learning.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
Researchers and educational foundations are targeting early educators for professional development in math, which is improving teacher morale as well as improving children’s school readiness.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week
In-classroom coaching has proven benefits for teachers, but working with adult learners requires developing trust-building and communication skills.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week
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

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