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Using Data-Driven Indicators to Improve Outcomes for Young Learners

20 September 2017, 5:36 pm

The early years of child development offer a still-untapped lever for states to address achievement gaps before they start to grow, and to accelerate school improvement efforts with evidence-based int...

States Lack Information, Policy for Young Dual Language Learners

15 September 2017, 3:49 pm

As national attention turns to issues of diversity and inclusion, it is important to keep the youngest learners in our country at the forefront of educational policy making decisions. Hispanic childre...

How Not to Raise a Ray of Sunshine

7 September 2017, 8:04 pm

The preschool assigned children the job of Class Sunshine, but I wanted my daughter to feel free to be Class Dark Cloud if she wanted.

Takeaways from New America and CEELO Blog Series on Early Learning and ESSA

5 September 2017, 7:02 pm

September 18, 2017 is the  final deadline  for states to submit Every Student Succeeds Act plans for federal Department of Education review. Over the past four months, New America and CEELO have publi...

Teaching (with) empathy and compassion in schools

31 August 2017, 2:48 pm

Emotions are the DNA of human experience. Social relationships play a pivotal role in helping us become fully human. Connectedness is an essential need for our species. So, we tend to assume it comes...

“I Want Students to See Many Different Futures”

24 August 2017, 2:41 pm

This blog is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “Back to School Campaign” celebrating the work of educators improving outcomes for children: I envy people who are good at workin...

Being the Change

16 August 2017, 6:57 pm

Nationwide, in states, professionally, and personally, 2017 has been a nonstop barrage of changes—leading both myself and other early learning colleagues to ask how we can be active agents shaping cha...

Leveraging Local Needs Assessments and Plan Development to Support Early Learning in ESSA

8 August 2017, 2:15 pm

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with  New America  on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Su...

Social and Emotional Learning Under ESSA

1 August 2017, 12:54 pm

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) is proud to partner with New America on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succee...

Using ESSA to Build a Birth-to-Third Grade Early Education Continuum

25 July 2017, 2:13 pm

Across the country, states are adopting a number of different strategies to improve outcomes for students: third grade reading requirements, literacy initiatives, new assessment and accountability sys...

Making ESSA Work in Early Childhood Classrooms for Dual Language Learners

18 July 2017, 1:22 pm

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows states to customize policies to best meet the needs of their learners—much like teachers who design and implement plans for each child to ensure s/he is ap...

Success Academy Wins Round in Fight Over Preschool Oversight

9 June 2017, 11:34 pm

An appellate court handed the charter network its first victory over Mayor de Blasio in a battle over authority for prekindergarten classes.

What Is the Purpose of Preschool?

2 June 2017, 7:22 am

Should preschool include flashcards and lessons, or simply free play?

How to Build the Best Preschools

30 May 2017, 11:21 pm

An education reporter discovers that teachers make the experience.

Free Play or Flashcards? New Study Nods to More Rigorous Preschools

30 May 2017, 10:00 am

New research suggests that preschoolers who are exposed to formal math and reading lessons come out ahead. But some experts and parents are skeptical.

Is ‘3-K for All’ Good for All? De Blasio’s Preschool Plan Troubles Some

10 May 2017, 5:21 pm

The initiative has drawn criticism from early childhood providers, legislators and those who say the mayor has no realistic plan to achieve such a politically popular goal.

What’s Not to Like About Pre-K?

28 April 2017, 8:21 am

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to extend prekindergarten to 3-year-olds faces an uphill battle for funding, but one worth undertaking.

New York City Will Offer Free Preschool for All 3-Year-Olds

24 April 2017, 4:22 pm

The plan would expand Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature prekindergarten program slowly, starting in two districts, in the Bronx and Brooklyn, next year.

Welcome to the World’s Coolest Kindergarten

24 April 2017, 10:00 am

“My God, my kid needs to go here”: In Hamburg, Germany, a professional soccer stadium is also home to an early-education program.

Do Preschool Teachers Really Need to Be College Graduates?

7 April 2017, 12:00 pm

Critics say mandating such a credential makes child care even less affordable and reduces the supply and diversity of people able to do the job.