Early Childhood

Education news, analysis, and opinion about children from birth through kindergarten.
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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
    4 min read
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    Early Childhood Opinion Waterford Upstart on Providing Remote Learning to 90,000 Pre-K Kids
    Rick Hess speaks with Dr. LaTasha Hadley of Waterford Upstart about its use of adaptive software to close gaps in kindergarten readiness.
    Rick Hess, March 25, 2021
    6 min read
    Early Childhood Live Online Discussion The Impact of the Coronavirus on Early-Childhood Learning
    Early-childhood learning plays an important role in a child's development, but what once focused mostly on play and relationship building has evolved into a more academic-focused experience. What have we learned from this development? And
    February 24, 2021
    Early Childhood How Two Child-Care Centers Put Competition Aside and Created a Partnership During COVID-19
    Due to COVID-19, two early-childhood centers put their competition aside to work together to support families during the pandemic.
    Charles Dinofrio, November 1, 2020
    7 min read
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    A student works on schoolwork earlier this month at the Wharton Dobson Club in Wharton, Texas, part of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. For a small fee, the organization is offering a full-day program that provides students a safe place to complete their remote learning classwork and socialize with friends.
    A student works on schoolwork earlier this month at the Wharton Dobson Club in Wharton, Texas, part of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. For a small fee, the organization is offering a full-day program that provides students a safe place to complete their remote learning classwork and socialize with friends.
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    Early Childhood New Players Fill Child-Care Gap as Schools Go Remote
    As school districts move to remote instruction for the fall, day-care providers, dance studios, and after-school programs step in to fill school-day child-care gaps.
    Christina A. Samuels, August 20, 2020
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    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
    6 min read
    Early Childhood Letter to the Editor A Eulogy for Ken Goodman
    To the Editor:
    Several weeks ago, I spoke with an Education Week reporter about Ken Goodman in anticipation of an obituary about Ken’s passing and legacy (“Kenneth S. Goodman, ‘Founding Father’ of Whole Language, Dead at 92,” May 21, 2020). Great conversation. I looked forward to the tribute. I knew it would be complicated and controversial; Ken was complicated and controversial. But I was sure the controversy would be treated as part of the tribute.
    June 9, 2020
    1 min read
    Early Childhood Letter to the Editor A Debate Over Phonics Instruction
    To the Editor:
    In her opinion essay, Heidi Anne E. Mesmer proclaims that explicit instruction in phonics is not enough: Children must be taught print concepts, phonemic awareness, morphology, and fluency (“Phonics Is Just One Part of a Whole,” Feb. 12, 2020).
    February 25, 2020
    1 min read
    Early Childhood Kids of Color Often Shut Out of High-Quality State Preschool, Research Says
    Democratic presidential candidates like to say they support universal prekindergarten programs, but what about early-learning programs that already exist?
    Andrew Ujifusa, November 6, 2019
    4 min read
    Early Childhood Federal Watchdog Finds Risk of Head Start Fraud, Ranking Republican Seeks Hearing
    Officials have not done enough to prevent fraud in Head Start programs, the GAO said. The findings prompted Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., the ranking member of the House education and labor committee, to call for a hearing on the federally funded preschool program for low-income children.
    Evie Blad, October 2, 2019
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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.
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    Early Childhood Opinion What Early-Childhood Accountability Can Learn From K-12's Mistakes
    Education needs to stop going around in circles, writes Stanford’s Thomas S. Dee.
    Thomas S. Dee, August 26, 2019
    5 min read
    Early Childhood How's Your Local Head Start Performing? Sampling Classrooms May Not Be Enough
    Individual Head Start classrooms vary enough in quality that the ratings of more than a third of centers could change by random chance, a new study finds. The results suggest those looking to improve the early education centers need to target support to individual teachers, not just to whole-school training.
    Sarah D. Sparks, July 18, 2019
    3 min read
    Early Childhood Report Roundup Early-Childhood Education
    A new report by the Government Accountability Office provides the first comprehensive nationwide look at state early education programs and how they are funded.
    Sarah D. Sparks, June 18, 2019
    1 min read