Early Childhood

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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. (August 26, 2019)

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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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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Social and Emotional Learning?
Do educators view teaching SEL as part of their jobs, what are the biggest challenges in supporting students' social and emotional development, and are schools measuring students' social-emotional skills?

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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
Investing in early-childhood educators will pay off for parents and kids, writes veteran early educator Michele Miller-Cox.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
Serious questions are being asked about whether Bezos' $2 billion commitment to improve preschools and help homeless families will be driven by the right principles.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
The head of Amazon is committing a huge amount of money to create free "Montessori inspired" educational opportunities for low-income children.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
The world's richest man says he wants to help tackle one of the biggest issues in education: improving early-childhood learning.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
Thousands of babies are born each year to mothers who abused opioids while pregnant, and a new study offers a snapshot of the educational impact of that early trauma.
September 19, 2018 – Education Week
States are concentrating their policy efforts on early-childhood education as well as transitioning young adults from high school to college.
September 5, 2018 – Education Week

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