We Have Lost Our Minds When It Comes To Early Childhood Education.

Forbes | Peter Greene “Even if one feels the need to focus on data and numbers and value, the science is there to show that play brings measurable, quantifiable benefits for children.” William Doyle and Pasi Sahlberg both stress the advantages of continuing children’s play in classroom settings, especially for children at a young age….

Study Underlines the Economic Importance of Early Childhood Education

Marketplace | Sabri Ben-Achour, Chris Farrell, & Erika Soderstrom “If you want to build a more equitable society, then investing more, a lot more, into early childhood education targeted at vulnerable lower-income children is the way to go.” Chris Farrell, the Marketplace senior economics contributor, claims that a more equitable society comes from investing more…

Physical Touch During Early Life Appears to Play a Key Role in Moral Development, According to New Research

PsyPost | Beth Ellwood “The findings, though preliminary, suggest that experiences with touch in early life may shape adult capacities for getting along with others and the type of ethical orientation they bring to social relationships—open or bracing.” Researchers continue to stress the importance of early touch experiences in psychological and physiological development. Children receiving…

New Study Points to Early Childhood Mental Health Consultations as an Important Tool for Addressing Challenging Behavior

New America | Juhi Sharma “Children showed statistically significant improvement in their social and emotional skills after the mental health consultations took place.” As children are returning to in-person learning, challenging behaviors occurrences may arise due to the transition. The transition calls for developmentally appropriate interventions that will better support early childhood educators and their…

Many Spanish-Speaking Immigrant Caregivers Feel Left Out of Child Care Relief Efforts

The Fuller Project | Jessica Washington “Despite the prevalence of FFN caregivers, who are disproportionately women of color, they remain nearly invisible to policymakers, leaving many of them in dire economic straits as more money has moved across the child care infrastructure.” Experts say that Spanish-speaking immigrant communities are more likely to use and prefer…

How California’s New Universal Transitional Kindergarten Program Will Be Rolled Out

EdSource | Karen D’Souza “California has among the largest achievement gaps in the country, and research has shown those gaps are present before children enter kindergarten, so it is imperative that we provide high-quality early learning opportunities for kids.” Californa’s universal transitional kindergarten program will be launching its beginning stages. The state program plans to…

Summit County Receives 2021 Achievement Award for Summit County Pre School Program

Summit County Colorado | Nicole Valentine The National Association of Counties awarded Summit County the 2021 Achievement Award for its preschool program. The Summit County Pre-Kindergarten Program (SPK) also received Best in Category in Children and Youth. The Summit County Pre-Kindergarten Program (SPK) is determined to provide high-quality preschool for all 4-year-old children in Summit…

Can Colleges Help Early Childhood Teachers Go Back to School?

EdSurge | Rebecca Koenig “A decade from now, if that mission succeeds and that vision becomes reality, there will be high-quality early education available in every part of D.C. There will be more people of color working as lead preschool teachers. There will be more kids ready to thrive in kindergarten.”   In Washington D.C., two…