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  • 12 Ideas for Early Education in the 112th Congress

    February 25, 2011 / News

    The New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative today proposed 12 policy ideas for the 112th Congress to improve access, quality, and alignment for children starting in PreKindergarten and through Third Grade.   Read more...

  • Tackling Child Poverty

    February 9, 2011 / Learning Curve

    Child Poverty: Lessons from the UK First Focus recently hosted a Congressional Briefing, “Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Child Well-Being: Lessons from Britain,” sponsored by Representative Jim McDermott (D – Washington).  At the briefing, the panelists discussed how the UK carried out its ambitious campaign to end child poverty by 2020, and what lessons the US can learn.   Read more...

  • ESEA: The Opportunity to Strengthen Early Ed

    February 3, 2011 / News

    There have been some hopeful signs in the new Congress that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would be reathorized despite earlier doubts.   Lisa Guernsey at the Early Education Initiative for the New America Foundation argues for the importance of early learning in the reauthorized bill.  You can read her blog post here.  Last year, FCD helped draft a letter to Congress recommending that the reathorization focus on the grades PreKindergar   Read more...

  • Invest in Early Education for Best Returns

    February 1, 2011 / News

    By Jack Brennan and J.B. Pritzker.  Every day, separated by nearly half a continent, we wake up, get out of bed and embark on the same professional mission: To build a business and create jobs. Constantly confronted by the harsh realities of the corporate balance sheet and often skeptical of government spending, we’ve come to believe in one key to sustained economic success.   Read more...

  • Who Cares About Disappearing Middle-Class Families?

    January 28, 2011 / Learning Curve

    Middle-Class Children Falling Further Behind The American middle-class is disappearing. Today, the gap between middle- and high-income Americans is as wide as the gap between low- and high-income Americans in 1985.   Read more...

  • 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...

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