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  • Study: Third Grade Reading Predicts Later High School Graduation

    April 11, 2011 / News

    A study released at the American Educational Research Association convention in New Orleans finds that a student who can't read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. Add poverty to the mix, and a student is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer.   Read more...

  • Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation

    April 8, 2011 / News

    A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, written by FCD Senior Advisor Donald J. Hernandez, finds that children who have lived in poverty and are not reading proficiently in 3rd Grade are three times more likely to dropout or fail to graduate from High School than those who have never been poor.   Read more...

  • Early childhood education benefits both kids, taxpayers, study says

    April 8, 2011 / News

    Investing in early childhood education can yield impressive economic benefits — both for children and taxpayers, according to a National Institutes of Health study that followed participants until age 26.   Read more...

  • PreK-3rd: Principals as Crucial Instructional Leaders

    April 5, 2011 / Learning Curve

    Policymakers and educators recognize the critical importance of elementary school principals in leading effective schools to improve student achievement.  In a new PreK-3rd Policy to Action Brief, Sara Mead finds that principals are especially crucial in PreK-3rd settings where instructional leaders must align standards, curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments from PreK through the elementary grades.   Read more...

  • Arizona English Language Screening to Change

    March 28, 2011 / News

    Pat Kossan of the Arizona Republic writes, "Arizona reached an agreement Friday with the federal government to change the way schools identify students who need help learning English.  The agreement allows Arizona to avoid a federal civil-rights lawsuit, accourding to a resolution released by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice."  Full article.


  • The UEI and Ounce Partnership

    March 28, 2011 / Learning Curve

    Building a Birth-to-College Approach to Public Education  The challenges of forming a partnership between the early learning/PreK and the K-12 worlds are documented in the case study, Working Together to Build a Birth-to-College Approach to Public Education.    Read more...

  • Investing in English Language Learners

    March 21, 2011 / Learning Curve

    A Funder’s Guide to Supporting English Language Learners Ten percent of elementary school students are English Language Learners (ELLs).  They are the most rapidly growing groups in U.S. elementary schools.   Read more...

  • One-Fourth of America's Children

    March 14, 2011 / Learning Curve

    Children in Immigrant Families First Focus recently hosted a Congressional Briefing, “Children in Immigrant Families: Ensuring Opportunity for Every Child in America,” sponsored by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA).  Panelists discussed the issues facing children in immigrant families including access to public benefits for citizen children, early childhood education, immigration enforcement, and birthright citizenship.   Read more...

  • Children in Immigrant Families: Ensuring Opportunity for Every Child in America

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    Children in immigrant families account for nearly one-fourth (24 percent) of all children as of 2010, and the vast majority (88 percent) are U.S. citizens. In fact, children of immigrants account for nearly the entire growth in the U.S. child population between 1990 and 2008.1 This policy brief draws on key indicators from the Foundation for Child Development Child Well-Being Index (CWI), as well as additional data, to highlight both similarities and differences in the circumstances of children in immigrant and native-born families.

  • 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...

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