Kindergarten

Satiria Clayton was looking forward to her 5-year-old son Cassius starting kindergarten this year in Tempe, Ariz., but the recent spike in coronavirus cases has left her, like many other parents, worried about what to expect. "In an ideal would I would love to stay at home and teach him,” she said. “The reality is I have to send him to school."
Satiria Clayton was looking forward to her 5-year-old son Cassius starting kindergarten this year in Tempe, Ariz., but the recent spike in coronavirus cases has left her, like many other parents, worried about what to expect. "In an ideal would I would love to stay at home and teach him,” she said. “The reality is I have to send him to school."
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Early Childhood Will Kindergartens Be Empty This Fall?
As cases of COVID-19 continue to grow, parents around the country are struggling with whether to send their child to kindergarten this fall. Some say they won't.
Christina A. Samuels, July 7, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Classroom 'Circle Time' Moves Online During Coronavirus Pandemic
Virtual face time with teachers and classmates can be comforting for young children, experts say. Still, researchers caution against too much screen time.
Sarah Schwartz, April 3, 2020
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Early Childhood Video Academic Redshirting, and Why It’s Not So Simple
It's the time of year for students to go back to school, but some 5-year-olds won't be making the transition to kindergarten. What’s known as academic redshirting has become a more popular option, most often for upper middle class parents. This is when parents hold their child back from kindergarten by a year. Required school entry varies across the U.S., and in 42 states attendance is mandatory at age 6 or later. Academic redshirting has benefits and disadvantages on a child’s development that parents should keep in mind. Advantages may include higher passing rates on exams and being more attentive in classes. Disadvantages may include an increase in classroom difficulty for both students and teachers due to age gaps between students and self-esteem issues. Research shares pros and cons on academic redshirting but there are still no clear results. Before considering the option to hold a child back from elementary school, teachers at a child’s preschool may be helpful in deciding if the practice of academic redshirting may be the right option.
August 27, 2019
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Early Childhood Could 'Redshirting' Become A Thing of the Past in Illinois?
Lawmakers in Illinois are considering a bill that would require children to start kindergarten if they are 5 on or before May 31, with exceptions for summer birthdays.
Marva Hinton, April 30, 2019
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Colorado’s new Democratic governor, Jared Polis, has advocated for funds to enable all of the state's school districts to offer full-day kindergarten.
Colorado’s new Democratic governor, Jared Polis, has advocated for funds to enable all of the state's school districts to offer full-day kindergarten.
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Early Childhood New Governors Aim to Funnel Money Into Early Education
After campaigning on the expansion of preschool and other early-childhood programs, governors in California, Colorado, and elsewhere are reflecting those priorities in their budget pitches.
Christina A. Samuels, January 30, 2019
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A kindergarten student works on a coloring project at Fallsmead Elementary School in Rockville, Md.
A kindergarten student works on a coloring project at Fallsmead Elementary School in Rockville, Md.
Photos by Erin Irwin/Education Week-File
Teaching Kindergarten Homework: Too Much Too Early?
Listen to parents and educators, and you’ll hear some strong—and mixed—opinions on how or even whether kindergartners should be swept into the homework swirl.
Marva Hinton, November 12, 2018
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Preschool teacher Leesandra Arreaga plays with children at the Charles B. Tisdale Early Learning Center in Bridgeport, Conn. The state has shown a notable increase in its preschool enrollment, based on data compiled by the Education Week Research Center.
Preschool teacher Leesandra Arreaga plays with children at the Charles B. Tisdale Early Learning Center in Bridgeport, Conn. The state has shown a notable increase in its preschool enrollment, based on data compiled by the Education Week Research Center.
Christopher Capozziello for Education Week
Early Childhood The Keys to Student Success Include Starting Early and Following Through
States are concentrating their policy efforts on early-childhood education as well as transitioning young adults from high school to college.
Christina A. Samuels, September 5, 2018
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Early Childhood Practicing Kindergarten: How a Summer Program Eases Kids Into Learning
The start of kindergarten can be overwhelming for students, and for their parents. In Portland, Ore., a summer program is working to ease that transition.
Lisa Stark, August 15, 2018
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Early Childhood Video Kindergarten Can Be Overwhelming - Some Educators Try to Ease the Way
Kindergarten isn’t just about crayons and nap time anymore – it’s serious academics. And whether a student succeeds in kindergarten can have an impact into elementary school and beyond. But nearly a third of the estimated four million children who will start kindergarten this school year haven’t been in a classroom before. Many will be behind from day one. In Portland, Ore., they’re running a summer program to help such students keep up with their peers. Located at a dozen of Portland’s high-poverty schools, the program offers students and their parents three weeks of “practice” kindergarten. The idea is to get them comfortable in school and ready to hit the ground running on the first day of classes.
August 15, 2018
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Early Childhood Most States Still Don't Require Full-Day Kindergarten, Report Finds
The Education Commission of the States report on policies concerning early learning finds that only 15 states and the District of Columbia require full-day kindergarten.
Marva Hinton, July 9, 2018
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Early Childhood How Children's Socioeconomic Differences Play Out Over Summer Break
A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows how access to summer activities differs for students based on their socioeconomic status.
Sasha Jones, May 22, 2018
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IsaBella Johnson, 5, makes the base of a pirate ship during her free choice activity time at Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Heflin, Ala. Entry assessments for kindergartners helped the school adjust instruction, including the incorporation of more time for play and developing social skills.
IsaBella Johnson, 5, makes the base of a pirate ship during her free choice activity time at Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Heflin, Ala. Entry assessments for kindergartners helped the school adjust instruction, including the incorporation of more time for play and developing social skills.
Tamika Moore for Education Week
Early Childhood Kindergarten Assessments Begin to Shape Instruction
Schools are looking for ways they can use the kindergarten entry tools to tailor classroom practices with children's academic, social, and physical development needs in mind.
Christina A. Samuels, October 10, 2017
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Early Childhood Delaying Child's Starting Age for School a Tough Call for Parents
New research suggesting that older kindergartners have an edge over their younger classmates complicates an already difficult decision.
Christina A. Samuels, August 29, 2017
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Assistant Teacher Kimberly Fisher talks with a student preparing for kindergarten at the Prairie Mountain School in Eugene, Ore.
Assistant Teacher Kimberly Fisher talks with a student preparing for kindergarten at the Prairie Mountain School in Eugene, Ore.
Amanda L. Smith for Education Week
Early Childhood Payoffs Seen in Smooth Transition to Kindergarten
Research shows children and teachers reap tangible benefits down the road when schools ease the way into this crucial early grade.
Christina A. Samuels, August 22, 2017
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