Early Ed Watch

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Ready Schools Miami: How It's Done

December 29, 2008

Miami-Dade County, the nation's fourth largest school district, offers a compelling example of how school district leaders can and must incorporate high-quality early education into their broader school reform and improvement.

Yo, Chancellor Rhee! What's Missing from the DCPS Five-Year Plan

December 29, 2008

The holidays have given me some time to finally read through the Five-Year Action Plan for the District of Columbia Public Schools that Chancellor Michelle Rhee released in late October. (Yes, I know, I'm clearly a girl who knows how to have a fun holiday season.) (Yes, I know, I should have gotten to it sooner.)

More Stimulating Child Care

December 23, 2008

In a coincidence of timing, we published our roundup of various organizations' proposals for early childhood care and education in the stimulus package at about the same time as Pre-K Now released a letter to House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid outlining their stimulus agenda for early education--so Pre-k Now's agenda didn't make it into our roundup.

Stimulating Child Care

December 22, 2008

As we've previously noted, the economic crisis is hitting early childhood care and education programs, too. Parents who've lost their jobs are pulling their children out of preschool and child care programs.

Obama's Early Education Opportunity

December 17, 2008

Big front pages NYT article today looks at the palpable excitement within the early education community about President-elect Barack Obama's support for early education, and the ambitious agenda he put forward for early childhood investments during the campaign. The article's a big win for early childhood advocates, but it's also a bit diappointing from an analytical perspective.

Arne Duncan Nominated as Secretary of Education: Good News for Early Education

December 16, 2008

This morning, President-elect Barack Obama will announce that he is nominating Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education. Duncan is a great choice on several fronts.

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