Early Childhood

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

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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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The most useful and appropriate classroom technology can change as children move up the academic ladder from pre-K to 3rd grade.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
Education and business leaders concluded that a universal, full-day early-education program will provide a valuable return for the community.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
In an unusual funding approach, the Granite school district is betting that pre-K programs will save money by keeping capable, but disadvantaged, students from needing special education services later on.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
Federal, state, and local programs provide support for early-childhood education, ranging from sweeping initiatives that deal with readiness and whole-family issues to targeted school-based efforts.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
While it's easy to see how a low-flying jet can impede student learning, quieter classroom sounds can also be disruptive.
January 7, 2015 – Education Week
The rollout of new federal money to states, along with private-sector and philanthropic commitments, is welcomed as adding momentum to the push for even bigger investment.
January 7, 2015 – Education Week
Last week, Mississippi was passed over for a federal preschool grant that would have tripled the number of children enrolled in early-education classes in four years, according to the state’s application.
December 18, 2014 – Education Week
December 10, 2014 – Education Week
The benefits of bilingual K-12 schooling drive Annalisa Nash Fernandez to go to great lengths for her children.
December 10, 2014 – Education Week
New research suggests that the Tools of the Mind program produces bigger effects for kindergartners than it does for younger children.
December 3, 2014 – Education Week

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