Pre-K Budget Decisions in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic

ECS: EdNote | Matt Weyer “Adjusted for inflation, 25 of 39 states spent less per child enrolled in state pre-K during the 2018-19 school year than they did in the 2007-08 school year. This is a potential warning that perhaps even more significant cuts today will take years — even decades — to recover from, with subsequent…

Child Care Shortages: What Can We Learn from World War II?

New America: Better Life Lab | Jahdziah St. Julien “Any positive changes will not become permanent unless we as a society mobilize. These emergencies—WWII, COVID-19—are the mothers of social innovations. They are opportunities for thinking outside the box and seeking solutions, out of which some good may come.” Many child care providers in the United…

COVID-19 Forces the Question: Should the Youngest Learners Have Devices?

EdWeek | Linda Darling-Hammond “If you talk to K-2 teachers they will say how difficult it has been for students to navigate the tools, many tools, they’ve never used before.” In order to keep education rolling through school closures, many districts have equipped teachers and families with various devices. This story from EdWeek questions whether…

Improving Early Childhood Education Systems

Education Commission of the States  A new policy brief from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) explores 23 states’ renewal applications for the federal Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) program. Learn more.

Talked With Your Child About Racism Lately? Denver Expert Recommends Doing It Now

CBS-4 Denver | Justin Adams “Young children very naturally categorize everything. They will categorize cars from trucks and blocks, red blocks from blue blocks, and in the same way they categorize people… If we’re not careful on talking about differences and celebrating differences, then that categorization can be based on negative perceptions about people rather…