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Anytime, Anywhere Summer Learning

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 10:00am
The so called “summer slide” in educational achievement hits young children from low-income families the hardest. Without opportunities to read together with adults, to practice new skills and to gain exposure to new words and ideas, far too many young children lose two to three months of reading skills each summer. Scholars have documented that two-thirds of the ninth-grade reading achievement gap can be attributed to this loss in the elementary school years alone.

Beyond Screen Time

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

Click here to read Lisa Guernsey's report, Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education, which is being released today.

Subprime Learning

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 1:30pm

Too Much Evidence to Ignore

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 1:00pm


Zero to 18 in Just Four Years

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 10:00am

Over the past four years, Delaware has been building a PreK-12 education system that includes an early childhood focus with substantial education reforms. Under Governor Jack Markell's leadership, Delaware won grants from the first round of Race to the Top and the Early Learning Challenge, expanded access to high-quality early childhood programs for at-risk students, developed a new Early Childhood Strategic Plan, began a World Language program, established higher entry standards for new teachers, and updated its law governing charter schools.

An Ocean of Unknowns

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 10:00am
Few things can be more polarizing than basing teachers' evaluations on their students' achievement. It sounds logical: Teachers should be accountable for what their students have – or have not – learned. But incorporating achievement data into teacher ratings is complicated, especially in the early grades of elementary schools when students typically do not take state standardized tests.

An America with Fewer Children

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 2:00pm

In 1970, children made up 33 percent of California’s population. By 2030, that figure is expected to decline to just 21 percent. A declining child population is evident in many Northeast and Great Lakes states as well. As the baby boomers age, is society prepared to have fewer working adults serving more retirees? Is our education system built to develop the potential of children in low-income and immigrant families who will comprise the bulk of the next generation? Are we supporting the parents and grandparents raising them?    

The Hell of American Day Care

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:15pm

Jonathan Cohn’s recent article for The New Republic highlighted the tragic outcomes stemming from our inadequate, unequal, and largely unregulated child care system. Stressed by workplace demands and constrained by a dearth of good daycare options, families face difficult decisions. Many child care workers are poorly compensated and inadequately trained, and most workplaces are not set up to support parents desperate for better options.

Turnaround 2.0: Tapping the Potential of the PreK-3rd Grades to Improve Schools

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 9:00am

For years, policymakers have sought to turnaround the trajectory of low-performing schools. But most turnaround models focus on intervention rather than prevention, and many fail to address problems that emerge in the earliest grades. Ensuring that children have the right start in the PreK-3rd grade years is critical to seeding a culture of learning and fostering academic success beyond the primary years.

Speaking Up: What the Presidential Candidates Should be Saying About Child Care and Early Learning

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 12:30pm

Delve into '12

American families struggle to find quality, affordable child care and preschool close to home. More and more parents and educators are realizing that children have a better chance of success in school and life if they are enrolled in effective programs in their earliest years.

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