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Musings on Harry Potter, Sparked by New Findings on Depression in Preschoolers

August 5, 2009

The first Harry Potter book has become part our family's bedtime reading this summer, and my 7-year-old daughter is even more entranced than I was when the young wizard came into my life at age 29. But in returning to the book now, as a parent, something is gnawing at me about the dear boy: Given what he had to suffer through in his early childhood, how did he manage to come out so well-adjusted?

Ohio Slashes Early Childhood Budget and Eliminates Full-Day Pre-K

July 23, 2009

The economic crisis exacted one of its biggest casualities on state pre-k programs last week when Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law a biennial state budget that zeroes out the state's full-day pre-k program and chopped funding for its half-day program by one-third.

Meanwhile, in the Appropriations Committee ...

July 22, 2009

Last Friday the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the fiscal year 2010 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which funds early education programs operated by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education.

'Early Learning Facilities' Would Get Construction Dollars Under Miller's Bill

July 22, 2009

It's rare to see early childhood centers being included in discussions of school construction -- an omission that we've lamented before. But the new education bill moving through Congress this week offers good news on that front. The bill not only provides $5 billion for construction and renovation of K-12 schools, it also includes a parenthetical reference to "early learning facilities, as appropriate."

Early Learning Challenge Fund -- Trimmed to an 8-Year Program -- Is Approved by House Committee

July 22, 2009

A major new federal investment in early education, the Early Learning Challenge Grant program that was included in legislation introduced last week by House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, and which we wrote about here, cleared its first hurdle on the way to becoming law yesterday.

Signs of Success from PreK-3rd Strategy in Bremerton, Wash.

July 21, 2009

An initiative to help children prepare for school has been quietly underway in Bremerton, Wash. over the past several years -- and we're starting to see signs that it's working.

Attention: New Research Is Changing the Picture of Why Children Have Trouble in School

July 20, 2009

Conventional wisdom often paints a picture of the poorly behaved student as the future flunkee. Even in early elementary school, we're led to believe, the kids who get in trouble will be the ones who struggle academically and eventually come home with failing grades.

Moving Quickly and Called 'Mandatory': What You Need to Know About the Federal Bill on Early Learning Grants

July 16, 2009

The early childhood community is just starting to digest yesterday's news about legislation in Congress that could provide a new stream of money for states setting up high-quality early learning systems.

Who Knew Student Loan Reform Could Mean So Much To Early Childhood?

July 15, 2009

A centerpiece of President Obama's early education plan -- the Early Learning Challenge Fund -- just got its ticket to ride in a sweeping student aid bill introduced today by House Education and Labor Chairman George Miller.

Taking the Helm at the Administration for Children and Families

July 15, 2009

New leaders are coming aboard at the Administration for Children and Families, the part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that deals with Head Start and child care programs.

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