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  • Middle-Class Children Falling Further Behind

    January 27, 2011 / News

    New 25-year study by Donald J. Hernandez shows bleak future for middle-class children in America. Declining prospects for middle-class children will be worsened by budget cuts. Read the report here.   Read more...

  • Tools for Assessing PreK-3rd Instruction

    January 25, 2011 / Learning Curve

    PreK-3rdAssessment and STEP  Instruction and continuous assessment of student learning are the backbone of any PreK-3rd educational continuum.  Yet the number of tools that extend from PreK through Third Grade is almost next to none.  A team of researchers and practitioners at the Urban Education Institu   Read more...

  • ELL Challenges and PreK-3rd Solutions

    January 12, 2011 / Learning Curve

    The accountability movement from the No Child Left Behind law showed that the nation’s education system is failing to teach English to growing group of students.  A daunting achievement gap exists between English Language Learners (ELLs) and their English-speaking peers by the time they enter Kindergarten.  According to Dale Russakoff, a high-quality PreK-3rd education system, with aligned standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessments, is the most economical and effective route to raising the education attainment of ELLs.    Read more...

  • UN Ranks US Among the Worst in Terms of Inequality

    December 21, 2010 / News

    UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre released the Report Card 9 'The Children Left Behind' which presents a first overview of inequalities in child well-being for 24 OECD countries. The report focuses on how far children have fallen behind the average. Three dimensions of well-being are examined: material, education, and health. The report shows the US among the worst.Read the report.   Read more...

  • What It Takes to Build Birth-to-College Education

    December 16, 2010 / Learning Curve

    The challenges of forming a partnership between early learning/PreK and the K-12 worlds are documented in the case study, Working Together to Building a Birth-to-College Approach to Public Education.  The case study is augmented by a video produced by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) and the Ounce of Prevention Fund.  These materials illustrate that making connections between early learning and K-12 education requires skilled facilitation that fosters   Read more...

  • Effects of the Great Recession on Child Well-Being

    December 10, 2010 / Learning Curve

    Pivotal Role for Public Investments:  On November 17, 2010, First Focus hosted a Congressional Briefing, "Children in the Recession," sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania).  At the briefing, First Focus and the Policy Lab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's released the policy brief, "   Read more...

  • Education and Achievement: A Focus on Latino "Immigrant" Children

    December 1, 2010 / News

    By Eugene Garcia. Abstract: The high number of English language learners (ELLs) has brought a change in the demographics of public schools and a need to account for the educational experiences of these students, both linguistically and academically. A comprehensive English language development program that facilitates English language acquisition has never been comprehensively articulated and evaluated. This paper argues that robust and rigorous research could be highly useful for policy and education practice modifications.   Read more...

  • PreK-3rd: Five Lessons from Montgomery County

    November 30, 2010 / Learning Curve

    Lessons for PreK-3rd from Montgomery County Public Schools The Foundation for Child Development has released Lessons for PreK-3rd from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  This case study offers a first-hand account of ground-breaking policy development and practice, and documents the efforts of MCPS to create a well-aligned and high-quality primary education by connecting early learning to K-12 education (PreK-3rd).   Read more...

  • Unique Bilingual Education Program Spreading Across New Jersey

    November 29, 2010 / News

     By Sarah Garland. In Amanda Castaño’s classroom in a Long Branch public preschool, the four-year-olds get ready for reading circle with a song: “A leer, a leer, todos calladitos!” The native English speakers in the group join in as enthusiastically as the Spanish speakers, and when Castaño begins reading the story – in Spanish – the entire class is rapt.   Read more...

  • Loss of scholarship program for low-income preschool teachers is tragic, advocates say

    November 29, 2010 / News

    Abbott Scholarships
    By Sarah Garland. In terms of cost, New Jersey’s Abbott scholarship program was relatively small — a less than $2.5-million drop in the roughly $1 billion sea of cuts to K-12 and higher education enacted this year by the Christie administration. But education advocates say the initiative — offering scholarships to employees of preschools in New Jersey’s poorest districts — had tremendous impact.   Read more...

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