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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06/23 03:43 pm | New Hampshire Gambles on Big Payout for Full-Day Kindergarten | The Granite State has legalized Keno gambling and plans to tax the machines to partially fund full-day kindergarten for the state's 5-year-olds.

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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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The latest report from the National Institute for Early Education Research says states' preschool spending has returned to pre-Recession levels amid a slight enrollment increase.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
A dozen states are trying to keep children in school longer, from making kindergarten mandatory to raising the legal drop-out age. But it's not an easy sell.
June 5, 2017 – AP
In an effort to close opportunity gaps, let’s position families to lead the movement for change, writes Veronica Palmer of RISE Colorado.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
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

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