Babies learn when in sync with their mothers

New research shows that interpersonal connection boosts social learning. By Lydia Denworth (Originally published April 25, 2019, by Psychology Today)  Ever tried to convince a baby to try a new food like broccoli? You probably ate some yourself and made yummy noises. The lesson you hoped the baby picked up—from your example rather than direct experience—was that…

This playful pre-K is no longer sole purview of the elite

Expanding access to Reggio-inspired schools By Aaron Loewenberg (Originally published June 3, 2019, by The Hechinger Report)  Visitors didn’t trek to this exhibit to view famous works of art or historic artifacts. They were at Boston University to visit “The Wonder of Learning,” a traveling exhibit highlighting a pedagogical approach to early childhood education known…

Connecticut’s approach to early childhood ESSA supports

The state’s ESSA plan focuses on strengthening the pre-K to grade 12 continuum to give children a stronger foundation for lifelong success By Andrea Brinnel & Lisa Lamenzo (Originally published June 11, 2019, by New America)  Research shows that achievement gaps begin early in life and, without intervention, may widen over time. Focusing educational opportunities…

Kindergarten, reading, mental health: what Colorado lawmakers did for education in 2019

By Erica Meltzer (Originally published May 3, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  Colorado lawmakers agreed to pay for full-day kindergarten, put $100 million toward reducing the state’s outstanding obligations to school districts, approved a slew of grants to address students’ mental health needs, and stepped up efforts to improve student reading. With a new governor pushing an…

Study finds breaking cycle of poverty could start in preschool classroom

By Rachel Nania (Originally published May 14, 2019, by WTOP-FM)  New research from one of the country’s leading experts in childhood development shows high-quality educational interventions in a child’s first few years of life can result in lasting economic, health and social benefits that extend beyond a single generation. In 2010, James Heckman, a Nobel…

Kids In Maryland’s Poorest County Are Among The State’s Most Prepared For Kindergarten. Here’s Why.

By Martin Austermuhle (Originally published May 8, 2019, by WAMU: American University Radio)  Located on the southern end of the peninsula that separates the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland’s sparsely populated Somerset County is the state’s poorest. Household income in 2014 was $36,106 according to the U.S. Census, less than half that of the…

Starpoint Fremont Family Resource Center garners child abuse prevention grant

By Carie Canterbury (Originally published April 30, 2019, by Canon City News)  Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month officially has come and gone for the year, but the concentrated effort to support families and prevent child maltreatment in Fremont County continues to move full force ahead. Starpoint Fremont Family Resource Center recently was awarded a five-year…

Innovative partnerships receive funds to stimulate Colorado’s early childhood workforce

  Five organizations selected for 2019 Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants. DENVER, April 23, 2019 – Early Milestones Colorado (Early Milestones) is pleased to announce the five partnerships that have been selected to receive Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants. Ranging from $38,000 to $209,000, these grants are part of the larger Transforming the Early Childhood…