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First Thoughts on Study of Head Start's Impact on 3rd Graders

December 21, 2012

On a day that many educators and office workers are madly finishing tasks or already traveling to prepare for the holidays, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released results from a long-awaited study on whether children's gains from Head Start still show up four years after students have exited the program. 

Save the Date for January Event: Turnaround 2.0

December 20, 2012

Save the date for Turnaround 2.0:  School Improvement Strategies that Tap the Potential of the PreK-3rd Grades, an event on January 14, 9-11 am, at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. We will highlight small and large-scale PreK-3rd initiatives that are helping to transform elementary schools and to improve learning outcomes for students.

Join us for an engaging discussion on what needs to be in place to scale-up and replicate initiatives that have promising results. More details to come in early January.

Survey: How Well is the Education Policy Program at New America Communicating With You?

December 20, 2012

Next year, we're hoping to make some changes to our website and communications so our readers can more easily find all the work we're doing, from early childhood up through postsecondary education. We're going to be offline until the new year, taking stock and getting ready for 2013. But we need your help -- what do you like about our website? What could we improve? 

Please take a second before the New Year to share your thoughts with us by taking the survey below. Happy holidays!

13 Issues That Dominated Early Ed News in 2012

December 20, 2012

Before taking a holiday break, Early Ed Watch has a tradition of looking back at the most significant issues we have covered over the past year.  Many of these topics generate worry and a feeling of discouragement, especially over the lack of funds to improve children’s access to high-quality pre-K and full-day kindergarten programs. But some signal hope, providing educators and policymakers new ideas for making improvements despite constrained resources.

Q & A with Jacqueline Jones

December 18, 2012

Jacqueline Jones, our country’s first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, left her post at the U.S. Department of Education earlier this month. Early Ed Watch had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with Jones. Below is the complete interview, edited for typographical errors only.

At National Journal: Start Early to Get Kids Interested in STEM

December 13, 2012

Last week the National Journal Education Experts blog asked why more students aren’t pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or math.

In my response, I discuss the importance of getting children interested in and excited about science and math at an earlier age, and making sure teachers are well-prepared to teach these subjects, to ensure children have positive experiences:

New Resources on Head Start

December 12, 2012

Yesterday the Early Education Initiative issued a new report by Maggie Severns, “Reforming Head Start.” In addition to this issue brief on Head Start “recompetition,” readers can also access our new Head Start background and analysis page, which was released in September as part of our pre-K expansion of the Federal Education Budget Project.

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