The Answer Sheet: Early Childhood Education

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/10/2013

The link between early childhood education and PISA scores

Nations and school systems that did well on PISA are concentrating on early childhood education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 11/06/2013

120 business leaders urge Congress to increase pre-K funding

They say it’s the best investment America can make.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:50 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/02/2013

The disturbing shift underway in early childhood classrooms

Teachers express their concern about how academics and test prep are being pushed on the youngest students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Obsession With Tests

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Study: Preschool funding sees unprecedented single-year drop

Enrollment stalled and more programs saw a drop in quality than improvement along with the funding drop.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Nationwide

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Universal preschool: Important but no panacea

Increasing the number of youngsters in preschool is a good thing. But improving quality in programs is another, and the content and direction of preschools will be influenced by ideological fervor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:47 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Preschool, Quality of Program Matters

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Jon Stewart ridicules preschool critics

Take six minutes and 12 seconds to watch Stewart take apart critics of preschool.

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Tags:  Early Childhood Education, Hilarious Video

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Why is Obama calling for a 'rigorous curriculum' for 3-year-olds?

The Obama administration's first focus on early childhood education, back in 2011, raises questions about focus.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:22 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Education, The Devil Is In The Details, The Early Childhood Initiative

Posted at 09:21 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama on education in State of Union address

President Obama calls for early childhood education and other education initiatives in his State of the Union speech.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:21 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union, Stresses Early Childhood Education

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Arne Duncan: We need gun control, more early childhood education

ducation Arne Duncan made clear in an interview with Bloomberg Radio that he plans to concentrate on early childhood education in President Obama's second term and he said the country must deal with gun violence now. Here are excerpts from the interview.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:58 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Early Childhood Education, Education Secretary, Excerpts From Interview

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/03/2010

Time to pay attention to a reform that works

There’s an education reform strategy that has 50 years of solid research behind it, with proven results that demonstrate how to improve student achievement. It’s. a solution backed by both political parties to help narrow the achievement gap, increase high school graduation rates and reduce crime and delinquency. So why don't we focus on it like a laser beam?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  achievement gap, early childhood education, kindergarten, pre-k, pre-kindergarten

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Kohn: What 'ready to learn' really means

Alfie Kohn explores the real meaning of what he calls the "rather odd" phrase "ready to learn" as it is applied to young children.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:43 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Alfie Kohn, Alfie Kohn | Tags:  David McLelland, alfie kohn, early childhood education, martin haberman, readiness to learn, ready to learn

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/02/2009

Tutors for 3-year-olds and more preschool nuttiness

It is well known that many preschool parents have become super anxious trying to give their kids a leg up on kindergarten, but I didn't realize just how nutty things have become until I talked to several dozen preschool program directors.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Early Childhood, Early Childhood, Early Childhood | Tags:  child development, early childhood education, preschool