Protests and a police presence at a kindergarten Thanksgiving celebration? While recent research is shining a spotlight on the value of role play in early childhood education, a California community found itself so divided over a time honored tradition of having kindergarten students dress up as Pilgrims and Native Americans this week that the students [...]
Turns out a puppet named Twiggle the Turtle has an important lesson to teach us about how preschoolers learn: Social skills matter. An Associated Press story this week described the results of a study by Karen Bierman at Penn State, who took at a look at Head Start programs in Pennsylvania. The study concluded that [...]
Just how much time is devoted to play these days in an age of accountability? Is play for play’s sake okay anymore?
An editorial in the Anchorage Daily News took Governor Sarah Palin to task for missing a statewide conference on the future of Alaska’s educational system last week. Palin, the former Republican candidate for Vice President, skipped the conference to speak in Miami about the future of the Republican Party. The editorial urged her to come [...]
High quality pre-kindergarten has become something of an elusive luxury for middle class parents, caught between rising prices, the housing crisis and stagnating wages, according to report released by Pre-K Now during a Hechinger Institute Webinar on Wednesday. The report provides a great starting point for rich and worthwhile stories journalists should be telling about [...]
An Associated Press story this weekend pointed out a major problem working parents are facing in a tough economy: Finding affordable child care. It’s a topic that will be explored, along with tough choices about pre-school, during a webinar the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media is holding on Wednesday, November 12 at 1:30 [...]
A new era is about to begin, and as usual, Sara Mead at Early Education Watch is keeping on eye on the post-election developments in early childhood education. While it will be months before newly elected President Barack Obama details how he will carry out his early childhood pledges, it’s important for journalists to be [...]
As U.S. voters go to the polls and anxiously await the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election, Learning Matters , the production company covering education issues, is offering some expert advice to the next leader. While education has not been top of the agenda in this historic campaign, Learning Matters posed a question to expert educators, [...]