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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. (November 12, 2018)

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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 Early-Childhood Education

In this Spotlight, learn how schools are using kindergarten assessments to shape instruction, targeting early educators for professional development in math, and developing elementary students into global citizens.

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Map: Kindergarten Participation
Three-fourths of the nation's kindergartners attend full-day programs. Click the map to find enrollment numbers for your state.

Data: Kindergartners Enter More Ready in Math and Literacy, Researchers Say
Kindergarten students in 2010 started school with more math and literacy skills than kindergartners did just 12 years earlier. What changed in that time?

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Too many early-childhood educators think math and play are mutually exclusive. They don't have to be, writes education professor Kathy Liu Sun.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
In early-childhood education, whole-child curricula and strong academics aren’t mutually exclusive, write Beverly Perdue and Vincent J. Costanza.
April 22, 2019 – Education Week
Kindergarten readiness is highly subjective, but the concept has real consequences, writes Stanford University’s Deborah Stipek.
March 26, 2019 – Education Week
Philanthropies may be moving away from big new investments with a K-12 academic focus and toward areas like social and emotional learning and wraparound services, Grantmakers in Education finds.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
The $250 million pot of federal money helps pay for strategic planning in early-childhood education systems, but the program's undergone some revisions.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
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.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Studies are finding that, for many young children, afternoon naps are crucial for consolidating memories and learning.
December 12, 2018 – Education Week
From Jeff Bezos' free preschools to Andrew Carnegie's public libraries, education stands out as a favorite cause among America's wealthiest people.
December 12, 2018 – Education Week
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.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
There’s ongoing debate about what kind of instructional approach is best for young children, with whole-child and literacy/math-based curricula both in play.
October 24, 2018 – Education Week

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