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Posts tagged with ‘early childhood education’

  • Kindergarten curriculum includes learning in the forest

    By jennifer jennifer on March 16, 2016
    Sometimes a change of scenery is all that’s needed to gain a fresh perspective. For kindergarten teacher and nature enthusiast Peter Dargatz and his students this year at Woodside Elementary, relocating the classroom to the great outdoors has provided just that.   In a recent report to the Hamilton School Board, Dargatz described his unique approach to teaching the district’s […]
  • What Do Americans Think About Access to Education

    By jennifer jennifer on March 10, 2016
    People support expanding pre-school for kids, but when it comes to free, public higher education, opinions split along more familiar political lines.   Americans continue to see expanding access to education as the best strategy for widening opportunity in the modern economy, but remain conflicted as to whether to extend that commitment to dramatically widening the pathway to higher education, […]
  • All-day kindergarten ‘gift of time’ to teachers, students

    By jennifer jennifer on February 29, 2016
    Kindergarten teacher Courtney Weikert has told the parent of a child who knows only two letters of the alphabet that they know too much to qualify for a seat in her full-day class.   That’s because the other children looking to enroll in the Bethlehem Area School District’s full-day kindergarten program for at-risk children might’ve only known one letter — […]
  • When to start kindergarten? Important choice for parents

    By jennifer jennifer on February 29, 2016
    Across the United States, kindergarten entrance age is determined by the date in which a student turns age 5.   According to the Education Commission of the States, an education advocacy group (www.ecs.force.com), these dates can range anywhere from July 31 through Jan. 1 (of the school year)   The Tennessee entrance date for the 2016-2017 school year is Aug. […]
  • Educators tout the benefits of pre-k programs

    By jennifer jennifer on February 26, 2016
    A North Carolina legislative panel heard a mostly positive assessment Wednesday on the impacts of a quality pre-k education, with most education experts touting pre-k services as a major boon for students. “We have a long way to go,” said John Pruett, director of the Office of Early Learning in the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.  “There’s a lot of […]
  • Universal pre-K helps more than just toddlers

    By jennifer jennifer on February 23, 2016
    As much as preschool is about giving young children a head start in learning, it’s also about economics. For New York City, one of the country’s largest and most racially segregated school districts, the start of free preschool for all 4-year-olds has major financial implications moving forward — and some working parents are already feeling it.   Nettia Caldwell is […]


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