Early Childhood

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COVID-19 Forces the Question: Should the Youngest Learners Have Devices?

The coronavirus school building closures are leading to some tough decisions now—instead of years down the road—about providing iPads and Chromebooks, even for kindergartners. (June 8, 2020)

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Getting Reading Right
In a new ongoing series, Education Week will interrogate the cognitive science behind how young students acquire foundational reading skills, with a focus on grades K-2, and explore the challenges educators face in teaching kids to read.

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.

Spotlight on Reluctant Readers
Educators are working to help grow confident readers and assist struggling ones. In this Spotlight, learn about how writing practices can improve reading skills, how educators are boosting reading comprehension, and what classroom methods educators are using to grow readers.

Digital Reading and Literacy
As the nation enters an unprecedented digital learning era due to COVID-19, the need to examine digital reading and literacy becomes more crucial. In this Spotlight, learn about ways educators can use ed-tech in English classes, how online reading has changed, and how teachers are maintaining reading practices during the pandemic.

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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: Social-Emotional Learning and Student Health
What are the biggest challenges to and statistics surrounding student health and social-emotional learning?

Quiz Yourself: Science of Reading
How do children learn to read, how are educators teaching early reading, and how do digital devices and print text affect reading skills differently?

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November 4, 2015 – Education Week
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
With more than 130,000 black ELLs in public schools, White House and U.S. Department of Education officials will develop tools for educators.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week
While there was some discussion about college costs, the Democratic candidates for president did not delve far into big K-12 topics like testing, teacher evaluation, or how to improve low-performing schools.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week
In San Francisco, two simple communication strategies are narrowing the achievement gap, write Richard Carranza, Susanna Loeb, and Benjamin York.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
Teachers should embrace the idea of students choosing their own books, even if they are too hard, Barbara C. Wheatley says.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
By the end of 2nd grade and into 3rd, children who enrolled in Tennessee's publicly funded program were lagging behind their peers who didn't attend preschool.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
Amid some growing pains for its new full-day prekindergarten program, the city has ramped up outreach efforts and more than tripled the number of seats from two years ago.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
Two early learning experts outline how they want to see devices, apps, and software treated as tools to foster better reading interactions between children and adults.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
As his annual back-to-school bus tour rolled along, the Secretary of Education talked talked waivers, common core, and other issues with Education Week's Alyson Klein.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week

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