The Pandemic’s Toll: National Test Scores Show Progress Slowed, Gaps Widened

Chalkbeat Colorado | Matt Barnum  “Younger students saw some of the biggest declines, as did students attending high-poverty schools. That means the pandemic widened pre-pandemic test score gaps by race and economic status.” According to new national data, the pandemic that has disrupted schooling also slowed progress in math and reading for millions of U.S….

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…