Year: 2011

Dear Birth to Thrive Online readers, Birth to Thrive is taking a hiatus for the Holiday Season. We will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Until then, have the happiest of holidays and find every excuse to bask in the joy and wonderment of young children during this time of year!  

A burst of good news for the early learning world has marked the end of 2011, and we have compiled a list of reading for the holiday break that not only celebrates the wins, but also looks ahead. Over at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s blog, Impatient Optimists, Sarah Weber explores what Washington’s successful[…..]

The congressional super committee failed in its effort to cut $1.3 trillion in federal spending last month and its collapse potentially sets up across-the-board budget cuts in 2013 that would disrupt federal early programs. These cuts are big, abstract-sounding and hard to digest. So, it’s helpful to look at how these decisions would affect a[…..]

Congress finally finished its work on fiscal 2012 spending by passing an omnibus bill over the weekend that contained some holiday cheer for early learning supporters. The measure contains a healthy $424 million boost for Head Start and Early Head Start, which will allow the programs to preserve expansions funded by the 2008 economic stimulus[…..]

On Friday there was a wave of information and analysis about the winners of Race to the Top early learning grants, and today we will help you make sense of that news with some of the best guides so far. Start with the Education Department’s RTTT website. It has links to rankings, scores, and applications[…..]

Washington won one of only nine federal Race to the Top grants this morning, a victory that will not only allow it to expand its early learning system, but also positions the state as one of the nation’s leaders in early education. Now, Washington will receive a four-year grant worth $60 million to expand its[…..]

Families lost a lot of ground during The Great Recession – the economic downturn wiped out all of their economic gains of the last 35 years – and they will likely fall further behind in the coming years, a new report says. A big part of the decline in fortune of U.S. families was tied[…..]

It was a busy year in early learning research, with new studies on long-term benefits of high-quality early education, socio-emotional development in early education, digital media’s influence on development and creativity. Here is an unscientific list of the five most interesting studies of 2011: “Students in Top Early Ed Program More Likely to Graduate, Less[…..]

It looks like Congress will not rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act this year, which gives policymakers more time to debate how to reform education policies when federal resources are scarce. While the effectiveness of key public education reforms remains unclear – merit pay and the use of student test scores in teacher evaluations[…..]

How valuable are child care subsidies? As state legislatures around the country start looking for new savings this is a key question and a report out of Oregon suggests the aid is critical for working poor families. The report reviews 24 in-depth interviews with families who rely on Oregon’s child care subsidies. Among its findings[…..]