Year: 2009

Congress finally finished its federal education spending bills and early learning didn’t lose much ground, though some major programs didn’t gain a lot either, according to a new analysis from The Early Ed Watch Blog. The fact that child care block grants and special education help for preschoolers essentially kept pace with last year isn’t[…..]

This is the time of year when most people get into the giving spirit by giving a gift to a friend or family member or by lending local support to a favorite charity. It is also the perfect time of year to think about the gifts you can give a young child. These gifts don’t[…..]

  This is the time of year when most people get into the giving spirit by giving a gift to a friend or family member or by lending local support to a favorite charity. It is also the perfect time of year to think about the gifts you can give a young child. These gifts[…..]

Childhood mental disorders are a growing issue in early learning and K-12 education and today researchers reported 13 percent of children had at least one diagnosed mental disorder, with roughly half of that group receiving treatment. The study is a landmark effort to measure mental disorders among U.S. children, in this case ages 8 to 15, and the[…..]

  This is the time of year when most people get into the giving spirit by giving a gift to a friend or family member or by lending local support to a favorite charity. It is also the perfect time of year to think about the gifts you can give a young child. These gifts[…..]

Toddlers don’t process things like adults, moving through their days without a clear sense of structure, and their unfiltered style might just mean they learn faster and more than you and I, researchers suggest. A toddler’s inability to filter information and pay attention may occasionally be frustrating, but these traits are also critical in helping[…..]

The recession may be ending but its aftershocks continue to wreak havoc with Washington’s economy and today Gov. Christine Gregoire proposed a state budget that would cut all three-year-old children from a publicly-supported preschool program. To balance the budget, Gov. Gregoire proposed deep cuts in several early learning initiatives. The budget would halt child care[…..]

News is quieting down as the holiday season gets underway, but there are a couple of reports worth noting today about childhood obesity, including one that shows Head Start is making impressive progress in the fight against this growing health problem. In a Temple University-led study, researchers found three quarters of 1,583 Head Start programs[…..]

I have often written about fresh funds flowing to early learning, but the reality is fewer Washington State children received federal child care aid during the recession’s first full year and publicly-funded preschool waiting lists are at record levels. In 2008, one of the federal government’s biggest early learning programs, the Child Care and Development[…..]

Television programs helped preschoolers develop reading skills and get ready for kindergarten, a new study found, suggesting the tube isn’t all bad. In the study of 398 preschoolers from poorer neighborhoods, TV-watching students outscored those in a comparison group on all five measured categories, showing impressive gains in letter recognition and story concepts. Their curriculum[…..]