Early Childhood

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05/23 08:21 pm | Head Start Down, Home Visiting Up in White House Budget Proposal | Head Start would see funding at fiscal 2016 levels and home visiting would see continued funding under the budget proposal released Tuesday by the Trump White House.

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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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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
Cycling the new students through all the kindergarten classes lets teachers get to know them better before permanent class assignments are made.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
Final performance standards are aimed at raising professional-development requirements and educational standards for the federal preschool program, while cutting the red tape.
September 7, 2016 – Education Week
A pair of new studies, taking different approaches, say the $8.6 billion federal preschool program has measurable continuing benefits in a number of key areas.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Research finds that children from low-income families are coming to school better prepared than in past years.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Both presidential candidates talked about early-childhood issues in high-profile speeches recently, giving advocates hope that the conversation around the quality and affordability of child care and pre-K will continue.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Before K-12 leaders measure social-emotional learning in the classroom, educators must prepare to help students develop those skills, writes K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard.
July 21, 2016 – Education Week

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