preschool

READY! for Kindergarten

This free, research-based program is designed to develop language, math, and social skills in children up to age 5, who are preparing for kindergarten. The READY! for Kindergarten tool kit includes age-appropriate learning materials, floor puzzles, colorful wooden shapes, blocks, magnetic letters and numbers, and audio CDs.

Hillary Clinton pushes for early education in campaign

As Head Start centers around the country close because of the federal government shutdown, Hillary Clinton is advancing herself as an advocate for the nation's littlest learners—an important, popular, and risk-free position.

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MasteryConnect launches online ed for kindergarteners

It’s not every day an entrepreneur gets to sit down and discuss his business plan over lunch with Bill Gates. But that’s exactly what happened to Mick Hewitt, co-founder and CEO of MasteryConnect, an education tech start-up that sees the implementation of Common Core standards as an unparalleled opportunity.

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Parents as partners: making a difference in education

For decades, the Anoka Hennepin School District in Minnesota has been a strong proponent of parent involvement in all preK12 programming. The research in this area is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life.

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Head start cuts 57,000 children due to sequester

More than 18,000 Head Start employees will be laid off or receive pay cuts, and 1.3 million days will be cut nationally

Sesame Street widens its focus to include STEM

Simple ABCs and 123s? So old school. In the last four years, “Sesame Street” has set itself a much larger goal: teaching nature, math, science and engineering concepts and problem-solving to a preschool audience—with topics like how a pulley works or how to go about investigating what’s making Mr. Snuffleupagus sneeze.

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Sequestration cuts Head Start for 57,000 children

The automatic, across-the-board budget cuts have also resulted in pay cuts or layoffs for at least 18,000 employees of Head Start, which provides education, nutrition, and health services for children aged 5 and under.

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Schools watchdog group raps Hoboken (N.J.) pre-K wait list

Dozens of Hoboken parents who registered their 3- and 4-year-olds for pre-kindergarten in the city's public school system were surprised to receive a notice in the mail that said their kids have been placed on a waiting list.

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Detroit Public Schools to add 46 pre-K classrooms

Detroit Public Schools on Tuesday launched a universal pre-kindergarten initiative that will add 46 pre-K classrooms across the city, expanding early childhood offerings to eligible students.

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Private preschools see more public funds as classes grow

The preschoolers who arrived at school early for free breakfast on a recent morning quietly ate granola bars and yogurt as middle school students recited part of the rosary over the public address system.

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