Early Childhood Education
Research shows that speaking more than one language does not confuse a child. Rather, being multilingual is associated with higher academic achievement and enhanced mental health.
Students in Finland are among some of the highest performing in the world in reading and math, even though kids get a late start compared to kids in the US.
“People should take a selfie and they should tweet it with the hashtag #IamPreK,” said the head of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children at their annual conference.
In Pennsylvania, Public Citizens for Children and Youth and other non- profits are urging all candidates running for office to make universal preschool a priority.
As the year ends, let’s look at what priorities have emerged in education.
An elementary school in Queens, NY, has switched to all vegetarian school lunches and benefits have been reported beyond physical health.
Play-Doh Create ABCs is a decent early education app that helps kids learn to draw letters and put them in context with words.
Federal education secretary Arne Duncan is trying to convince governors to help fund his early-childhood plan, “Preschool for All.” It’s a hard sell.
Brains develop more in a child’s first few years than any other time in life and research shows that there’s an achievement gap as early as nine months.
Within the last two years Pennsylvania’s budget cuts resulted in the loss of 10% of pre-k capacity at the School District of Philadelphia. Kids will pay now. Our society will pay later.
A group of early childhood education advocates organized a “stroller parade” on Independence Mall Saturday afternoon to draw attention to the importance of learning before kindergarten, especially among children from low income families.
We spend about 5.5 percent of the nation’s economic output on education – preschool through college – but we may be missing the most important part – infants and toddlers.
President Obama, in his State of the Union address, listed as one of his priorities — high quality preschool education for every child in the nation. The latest national data available show only 28 percent of 4-year-olds attending preschool.
So what do you think? Does praising your child help or hurt and when is praise too much praise? It is obviously a good thing to use praise to encourage children, but can the wrong type of praise have a negative effect?
A report from First Focus and Save the Children gives the United States letter grades in five domains for child welfare – and we’re barely passing.