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Report: School Districts Lack Critical Data on Early Education | Education Week

September 21, 2012

"City leaders, school board members, superintendents, and elementary school principals often have no idea how many 3- and 4-year-old children in their districts' borders are enrolled in publicly-funded pre-K programs, let alone whether these children are prepared for kindergarten," wrote authors Lisa Guernsey and Alex Holt.

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What Is This App Doing To My Kid's Brain? | Co.Exist

September 21, 2012

"Parents tend to think: 'If my kids are interacting with media, that they're getting something out of it,' versus 'If they're just watching they're not,'" says Lisa Guernsey. "It's a dangerous dichotomy--it's not always true. Some passive screen media ...

Improving child care in the U.S.: A Q&A | The Star-Ledger

September 20, 2012

Star-Ledger editorial writer Linda Ocasio spoke with Lisa Guernsey, director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, about funding and improving child care in the United States.

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How Much We (Don’t) Know About Pre-K Students | StateImpact

September 20, 2012

There’s not a lot of disagreement about the critical role preschool plays in helping students develop into successful learners — and even, eventually, successful employees. But there’s also not a lot of data available about publicly-funded preschool programs. That’s a fundamental problem, writes Alex Holt of The New America Foundation:

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Pre-K Data Available in First-of-its-Kind Database

September 19, 2012

Washington D.C. — The New America Foundation's Federal Education Budget Project (FEBP) and Early Education Initiative jointly announce today an expansion of FEBP’s education funding database (www.edbudgetproject.org). The database now includes data on funding and enrollment for publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs.

The new data include funding and enrollment for fiscal years 2007 through 2011 at the state and school district levels for:

NEW REPORT: Pre-K and Kindergarten Data Severely Lacking at Local Level

September 19, 2012

Washington D.C. — Many states are failing to collect basic information about publicly funded early education programs for young children at the school district level, according to a new report released today from the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative.

Computers in the classroom: Necessary? | Washington Post

August 22, 2012

I sought the perspective of Lisa Guernsey, the director of the early education initiative at the New America Foundation and author of the new book, “Screen Time: How Electronic Media — From Baby Videos to Educational Software — Affects Your Young Child,” (Basic Books, 2012).

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Give us Some Credit | MSNBC

July 18, 2012

Kevin Carey, of the Education Policy program at the New American Foundation, shares his thoughts on the concept of students earning free college credit for things they already know ...


Watch the video here.

Touch-Screen Devices And Very Young Children | WAMU

May 23, 2012

Parents are increasingly allowing their very young children to play with iPads, iPhones and other touch-screen devices. Please join us for a conversation about interactive applications and brain development.


Lisa Guernsey director, Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation

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Teachers Need to Know Classroom Observations Will Be Used to Help Them, Not as a 'Gotcha' - Panel | Michigan Live

May 21, 2012

Lisa Guernsey, director of the Early Education Initiative of the New America Foundation, said educators are now grappling with student test scores to tell what they can reveal about teachers’ abilities.

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