How Public Preschool Can Help, and How to Make Sure It Doesn’t Hurt

The New York Times | Claire Cain Miller “The No. 1 way to improve quality, researchers say, is to pay teachers more. Child care is one of the worst-paid professions in the country.” A new measure in Washington could provide financial assistance for child care nationwide and make pre-K free for children ages 3 and…

Parents are Spending New Child Benefit on Food, Education. But Will Congress Keep it?

Chalkbeat | Matt Barnum Initial data suggests the expanded program has cut child poverty and child hunger substantially — although the impact would be greater if all eligible families were receiving the payments. Earlier this year, Congress expanded the child tax credit, offering cash benefits to most households with children. Though the money has been distributed monthly by the IRS…

‘Down to My Last Diaper’: The Anxiety of Parenting in Poverty

California Healthline | Jenny Gold One in every three American families cannot afford enough diapers to keep their infants and toddlers clean, dry and healthy, according to the National Diaper Bank Network. For many parents, that leads to wrenching choices: diapers, food or rent?   Read more from California Healthline.

High-Quality Early Child Care and Education: The Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

Education Plus Development | Andres S. Bustamante, Eric Dearing, Henrik Daae Zachrisson, Deborah Lowe Vandell, & Kathy Hirsh-Pasek “Community-based early care and education… can provide lasting impacts, and may serve as a catalyst for children’s success later in life—particularly for those from less resourced environments. Importantly, high quality was necessary for achieving these long-term outcomes.”…

How COVID-19 May Change the Conversation About Class Size

K-12 Dive | Kara Arundel “The U.S. Department of Education has said smaller class sizes can help with COVID-19 mitigation, as well as allow teachers to be responsive to personalized efforts to accelerate learning after last year’s disruptions to in-person instruction.” Educators broadly agree that smaller class sizes are beneficial to children’s learning and development, but…

U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare ‘Emergency’ in Child Mental Health

U.S. News & World Report | Robert Preidt “Young people have endured so much throughout this pandemic and while much of the attention is often placed on its physical health consequences, we cannot overlook the escalating mental health crisis facing our patients.” Several national health organizations are calling for policymakers to treat the current mental…

Preschool Enrollment Has Plunged: What That Means for School Readiness

Education Week | Sarah D. Sparks “New Census data show only 40 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in school in 2020, a 14 percentage-point drop from 2019 and the first time since 1996 that fewer than half of U.S. children in that age group attended preschool.” This article from Education Week evaluates US Census data about…