Early Childhood

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09/19 05:27 pm | Time Runs Low for Home-Visiting Act as Congress Debates State Buy-In | The House and the Senate have each introduced bills to reauthorize federal support of home visiting, but there's a conflict in how much states should be required to ...

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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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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
Our interactive graphic lets you see what Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have said and done on topics from academic standards to the U.S. Department of Education.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
Concerns about literacy and other shortfalls on the part of some child-care and preschool staff members renew calls for more training and support to boost worker qualifications.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
The number of teachers in the United States using games in their classrooms has doubled over the past six years, a new nationwide survey shows.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
More states and school districts are aiming to reach ELLs early as mounting evidence shows that exposure to language instruction boosts young children's odds of stronger academic achievement later on.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week
To maximize education outcomes for pre-K students and others, policymakers must include practitioners in crafting policy, writes Yasmina Vinci of the National Head Start Association.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week

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