Preschool/Pre-K

Pre-K teacher Vera Csizmadia teaches 3-and 4-year-old students in her classroom at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, N.J. on Sept. 16, 2021.
Pre-K teacher Vera Csizmadia teaches 3- and 4-year-old students in her classroom at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, N.J., last month.
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Early Childhood What the Research Says Preschool Enrollment Has Plunged: What That Means for School Readiness
Census data confirm that more than a million young children missed preschool during the pandemic, putting school readiness at risk.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 25, 2021
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Early Childhood Opinion The Problems With Biden’s Universal Pre-K Proposal
An early-childhood education leader expresses concerns that the universal pre-K plan risks separating pre-K from the wider child-care sector.
Rick Hess, October 4, 2021
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Image shows preschool boy wearing a protective face mask with a marker in hand.
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Early Childhood What the Research Says Starting School After the Pandemic: Youngest Students Will Need Foundational Skills
The earliest grades saw the biggest enrollment drops in 2020-21. Experts say these students will need significant help come fall.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 21, 2021
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President Joe Biden addresses Congress from the House chamber. Behind him are Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, as Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., applaud.<br/>
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Federal Biden Pitches Plan to Expand Universal Pre-K, Free School Meal Programs, Teacher Training
The president's $1.8 trillion American Families Plan faces strong headwinds as Congress considers other costly administration proposals.
Evie Blad, April 28, 2021
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In Caroline Diaz’s Atlanta preschool, classrooms that used to be alive with songs, storytime, and play now sit empty.
In Caroline Diaz’s Atlanta preschool, classrooms that used to be alive with songs, storytime, and play now sit empty.
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School Climate & Safety Opinion What Happens to the Youngest Learners During This Crisis? Inside an Empty Preschool
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, early-childhood education must go on, writes preschool director Caroline Diaz. But it requires some big changes in thinking.
Caroline L. Diaz, April 16, 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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Professional Development Tough Childhood for Early Ed. Teachers Linked to Classroom Culture Difficulties
When teachers have experienced stressful events in their own childhoods, it could shape the way that they build classroom climate for their students, a study suggests.
Sarah Schwartz, February 26, 2020
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Student Well-Being Opinion Four Strategies for Getting the First 10 Years of a Child's Life Right
We must bridge the early gaps in education, health, and social services to give every child a chance to thrive, writes David Jacobson.
David Jacobson, February 4, 2020
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In a kindergarten class at Bruce Munroe Elementary School in the District of Columbia, students have a conversation in Spanish about how much things weigh. The District is the most-improved nationally since 2008 on the Chance-for-Success Index.
In a kindergarten class at Bruce Munroe Elementary School in the District of Columbia, students have a conversation in Spanish about how much things weigh. The District is the most-improved nationally since 2008 on the Chance-for-Success Index.
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School & District Management D.C. Gains Momentum in Boosting Opportunities for Students
The District of Columbia trailed behind most of the country in 2008 in offering students a chance for success. It's now No. 7, the nation’s most improved in that time.
Madeline Will, January 21, 2020
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Privacy & Security Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A breakdown of high-profile news stories you may have missed during the week.
October 6, 2019
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Curriculum Preschoolers Who Practice Phonics Show Stronger Math Skills, Study Finds
New research from Liverpool John Moores University in England found that learning about letter-sound interactions at home positively predicted young children's ability to count, calculate, and recognize numbers.
Sarah Schwartz, July 3, 2019
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Early Childhood In These Laundromats, Adults Do the Wash, and Children Read (Video)
Librarians, early-literacy groups, and laundromat owners are combining forces to see if reaching out to families in places they frequent can help close the literacy gap between low- and higher-income students.
Emma Patti Harris, April 3, 2019
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Early Childhood How to Help Your Child Love Reading (Video)
Parents should read to their children. That's well established. But what's the best way to do that? Here's how.
Lisa Stark, March 18, 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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