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Talking the Talk on High-Quality Pre-K

15 November 2017, 3:20 pm

More than 50 years of research shows investing in the early years of a child’s life often produces a high rate of return by positively impacting a child’s readiness at kindergarten entry and future ac...

Boy, 3, Allergic to Dairy, Dies After Eating Grilled Cheese at Pre-K

9 November 2017, 6:16 pm

The family of Elijah Silvera says his Harlem preschool knew that he had a deadly allergy to milk products and yet an adult gave him a sandwich.

Building a Better Classroom Experience

8 November 2017, 3:36 pm

Learn to read. Learn to make friends. Learn to add. Learn to follow directions. The early learning “To Do List” is filled with academic and social-emotional milestones. Whether young learners acquire...

De Blasio Finds Biggest Win in Pre-K, but Also Lasting Consequences

31 October 2017, 12:00 pm

A push to expand prekindergarten was a big success for Mayor Bill de Blasio, but it was a mad dash to get, including a feud with the governor and other challenges.

Using Digital Tools to Connect with Vulnerable Families and Improve Child Outcomes

18 October 2017, 5:25 pm

Promoting early learning through the support and empowerment of families—especially those who are under-resourced—has become an imperative for education leaders nationwide. In 2014, New America publis...

More than Home Visits: Lessons from the AVANCE two-generation program

12 October 2017, 3:19 pm

Two-generation approaches to early learning promise so much, don’t they? The idea is that at-risk children’s needs may be more effectively served when intervening with parent and child simultaneously....

Keeping Pace in State PreK

3 October 2017, 3:32 pm

As much as I loved my first car, a blue 1960 Nash Rambler station wagon, it became evident as newer, more efficient vehicles rolled off the assembly line, the once-innovative model had run its course....

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...

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.