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The 13 Key Benefits of Early Childhood Education: A Teacher's Perspective

When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future.<p>You can never have a greater impression on a person than when they are in their early childhood years.<p>Most parents have always …

Early Childhood Education in the Balance

Back in the day, a kindergarten was a garden for children, a place where children could play, sing, paint, and pretend. Letters, numbers, and anything that smacked of formal schooling was minimized. Instead, kindergarten was intended to facilitate the transition from home to school, in a home-like …

Early Education Can Help Unlock Future Success

As an educator, I'm always trying to keep track of the latest research and trends about how we can best help our children succeed. There are many theories about what works about motivating children to learn, what will help them develop skills of all kinds, but something that recently has been …

Why early childhood development programs are vital

<i>To demonstrate their mutual commitment, JOHNSON’S® and Save the Children are bringing awareness to the importance of early childhood development programs, so that every child can reach their full potential.</i><p><i>This holiday season, JOHNSON’S® and Save the Children are igniting a social movement to</i> …

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Every Student Should Succeed Under the New Law -- Even Those Denied Special Education

The new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has passed the House, is about to pass the Senate, and will surely be signed into law by President Obama. Much like <i>No Child Left Behind,</i> a law called <i>Every Student Succeeds</i> sounds really great. But there is one aspect of the new ESEA that worries …

Access to Early Education and Playful Bee

When I first talked to Yvette Hwee on the phone about her wonderful online preschool startup, Playful Bee, I was captivated by her passion. She spoke enthusiastically about America's issues regarding preschool and her experiences as a mom of two young girls. I had recently completed my own …

Why governments should pay attention to early childhood education

While governments and international organizations focus on peace building and alleviating poverty around the globe, a small but influential group of …

Everything We Know About Early Childhood Has Changed Since Head Start

50 years of research—and "Sesame Street"—have changed our understanding of how to best help disadvantaged kids.<p>In 1912, a teacher in the one-room schoolhouse outside Stonewall, Texas, made a decision that would ultimately lead to billions of dollars in federal investment, volumes of research, and …

Yet another study confirms the huge benefits of investing in early childhood education

On Tuesday of this week, early education workers and thought leaders joined together at the North Carolina Child Care Coalition’s annual Early …

The Evolution of Early Childhood Development

The study and insights into the ancient mystery of the development of a human brain remains one of our generation's greatest achievements. A baby's mind is where it all begins, we now know. A missed step in their early years can cause them to play catch up for the rest of their lives.<p>It is …

The transformative power of early childhood development

<i>Photo credit: GPE/Alexandra Humme</i><p>The evidence is vast: exposing children before the age of five to stimulating environments strengthens their language development, social and emotional health, problem solving abilities, memory function, use of logic, analytical skills and ability to cope with new …

The Primary Issue: Have kids got the skills they need to start school?

<b>Thousands of children begin secondary school each year without the reading, writing or maths skills needed to make it through. In our series 'The</b> …

Federal budget 2016: education experts react

The government is spruiking a focus on education to drive innovation in the 2016 budget but it has put off higher education reforms in favour of …

Higher Education

Plan to lower Tasmanian school age facing opposition from early learning sector

A plan to lower the compulsory school age to four and a half has been cautiously welcomed by industry bodies but faces stiff opposition from the …

Why We Decided Not to Send Our Four-Year-Old to Preschool

I honestly hadn’t given preschool much thought until friends and family started asking me around the holidays what our plans for our four-year-old …

Who should pay for preschool?

It’s not exactly Donald Trump versus John Kasich in Ohio. Or Hillary versus Bernie.<p>But in the midst of those raucous political fights, there’s …

Report: 170,000 California children eligible for state preschool aren’t enrolled

About 170,000 California children who are eligible for publicly funded preschool are not enrolled because there are not enough spots for them, a new …

Education

Limited funding means thousands of poor Indy kids won’t get preschool scholarships

Thousands of Indianapolis families vying for preschool scholarships will be disappointed this spring. More than 4,200 hundred children applied for …

Uncovering the Building Blocks of Preschool Quality

Like all parents, I want the best learning opportunities possible for my son who is approaching two. I know the right mix of preschool experiences have the potential to ignite his love of learning at an early age, exposing him to a wealth of experiences that uniquely define what it means to be …

Looking for early childhood solutions beyond preschool

Quality preschool is often cited as the critical ingredient for children to be ready for kindergarten, but for impoverished children, the challenges …

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Nurturing during preschool years boosts child's brain growth: Mothers' support linked to robust growth of brain area involved in learning, memory, stress response

Mothers' support linked to robust growth of brain area involved in learning, memory, stress response<p>Children whose mothers were nurturing during the …

Quality preschool education has lifelong benefits. But how can we close the access gap?

High-quality early childhood education is one of those rare issues that unites people of all social strata and across the political spectrum. But the …