Tag Archives: early childhood education

Thawing the Freeze

Thawing the Freeze

By Jessica Landgraf In the last week there have been several reports of military-base childcare and preschool centers closing due to President Trump’s executive order instituting a federal civilian hiring freeze. Pushback in response to the placement of blame on the order has cited the exemption of “positions providing child care to the children of… Read More »

Opportunity Investments: The Struggle to Increase Political Will

Opportunity Investments: The Struggle to Increase Political Will

By Jessica Landgraf As reported in previous articles in this blog, early childhood education and development are worthwhile investments (see here and here). Research has shown positive impacts of early childhood education throughout an individual’s life-span, including, but not limited to, increased lifetime earnings, lower rates of special education needs, higher educational achievement, better health,… Read More »

Social Emotional Recognition

Social Emotional Recognition

By Jessica Landgraf Thinking back to my own training as an elementary school preservice teacher, I remember the lack of preparation dedicated to handling classroom discipline or behavioral issues. It was clear to me then, as it is now, that understanding how to help students recognize and control their emotions and develop ways to manage… Read More »

Looking Forward, Looking Back

Looking Forward, Looking Back

By Jessica Landgraf It is unclear what the next four years will hold for early childhood education. Whether the various initiatives and legislative changes made over the past eight years will be strengthened, defunded, or altered by Betsy DeVos is difficult to discern, at least given her prior work. So what is at stake? And… Read More »

Head Start’s New Start

Head Start’s New Start

By Jessica Landgraf For the first time since 1975, the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) have had a full revision. Head Start, for our readers that might not be familiar with the program, was started as a part of ‘the war on poverty’ program initiatives of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. Head Start… Read More »

Filling the Void: Presidential Candidates’ Proposals for Education – Part 1

Filling the Void: Presidential Candidates’ Proposals for Education – Part 1

By Jessica Landgraf Following the first presidential debate, there has been some criticism of the lack of discussion about educational issues. But for me, as someone particularly interested in early childhood education and care, I was pleasantly surprised by the multiple (albeit brief) mentions of family leave and childcare expenses. This issue is well supported by… Read More »

Clinton and Sanders on Education: Where Do They Stand?

Clinton and Sanders on Education: Where Do They Stand?

By Amy Auletto The 2016 presidential primary elections are well underway and Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a close race. Yesterday was Election Day in Michigan and the state was a big focus for both candidates. Two days prior to Michigan’s primary election day, Clinton and Sanders participated in their seventh… Read More »

What is Missing in the Early Childhood Education Policy Dialogue? The Child

What is Missing in the Early Childhood Education Policy Dialogue? The Child

By Maria Teresa Tatto Empirical support for the contribution of early childhood education to future education and wellbeing is definitive in at least two important areas: children’s cognitive and social development, and school retention and completion. Comparative research on the contribution of early childhood education to cognitive and social development argues that good quality early… Read More »