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Jun 5, 2013

A victory for the 'sanity caucus' on early childhood education

Holland Sentinel

Gov. Snyder and his education leaders recognized that early childhood programs are essentially the only way to improve school performance for poor and disadvantaged kids.

Jun 4, 2013

Business leaders back pre-K programs in letter to Obama, Congress

Education Week

Four-year-olds are key to the future economy, and if they're not educated problems will arise, say the 300 business leaders from 44 states.

Jun 4, 2013

The importance of preschool for Hispanic children

VOXXI

“Less than half of Hispanic children attend any kind of preschool,” Secretary Duncan said this week. “That’s kind of staggering.”

Jun 3, 2013

Star Power gives a voice to parents of young children

Lansing State Journal

Michigan’s youngest children have already ignited a spark within their parents to act boldly on their behalf. Now the idea must catch fire with elected officials.

Jun 3, 2013

Putting early learning first

Jackson Free Press

"We have to use what we have," she said. "... It's the little actions—the big one's, too—that can make a difference."

Jun 3, 2013

Education official in Ga. to promote federal pre-K funding

The Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia has been considered a leader in providing access to pre-kindergarten programs funded with state lottery revenues.

May 31, 2013

Invest in our preschoolers to invest in our nation

Teach for America

Whether it’s the President’s plan or some alternative, there are children in this country who can’t afford for policymakers to wait.

May 31, 2013

Preschools will face more private-public partnerships

MLive

A panel today predicted more public-private partnerships in pre-K for 4-year-olds and investment in brain development at even earlier ages could be on the horizon if Michigan continues to be a leader in early childhood education.

May 29, 2013

Lessons from Finland can help our children

The Miami Herald

Let us reclaim and develop the American values that the Finns have borrowed to perfection — equal opportunity and entrepreneurial independence for the common good.

May 29, 2013

Medicaid expanded for foster care youth

New America Media

There are over 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system, and almost all of them are enrolled in Medicaid.

May 29, 2013

Students with disabilities can fulfill their potential

The Miami Herald

Thousands of young adults remain largely invisible, inadequately trained, or simplistically stereotyped.

May 28, 2013

Obama's next big campaign: Selling health care to the public

NPR News

The White House is gearing up for a massive campaign this summer that will cover all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. And the president's legacy may hinge on whether it succeeds or fails.

May 28, 2013

Is America ready to talk about equity in education?

NEA Today (National Education Association)

“These gaps are real. It depends on your zip code. It depends on the socioeconomic status of parents. It’s wrong and we need to build addressing this issue into everything we do.”

May 26, 2013

'Nothing could be more fundamental'

Ocala Star-Banner

Get the early childhood years right, and a child will have momentum all his or her life. Then teachers could do far more teaching and far less triaging.

May 24, 2013

Sesame Street: The importance of early education

BSC Kids

Young children are sponges for learning. From birth to age five, they’re making giant developmental strides, more than at any other time in life.

May 24, 2013

Dayton signs bill funding all-day K, early childhood education

MPR News

"More money for education doesn't absolutely guarantee success, but less money for education absolutely guarantees failure," Dayton said.

May 23, 2013

New study of academic success shows how kids can succeed

Ocala Star-Banner

The study found that health, family structure and pre-kindergarten education quality are the biggest roadblocks that small children face annually.

May 21, 2013

An economist who promotes preschool

Eye on Early Education

Heckman’s public policy position is simple and powerful: To make society stronger, invest in early childhood development.

May 21, 2013

Editorial: Preschool benefits trickle up

Seattle Times

Early-learning programs offer a cost-effective way to prepare young learners for success in school and in life.

May 17, 2013

Bolstering reading and making friends

Herald-Tribune

"The extra reading makes the difference, and the positive relationship with an adult helps too," said Sandra Holmes, community impact coordinator for the United Way.