early education

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Head Start Prevents Foster Care? To Be Decided

The jury is decidedly out on the academic track record of Head Start, the education-oriented pre-school program for low-income families invented in the 1960s and federally proliferated in the early 1980s.


California Attorney General: Too Many Young Kids Missing School

About 7 percent of California’s elementary school students — or 210,000 schoolchildren in the state — were “chronically absent” from school last year, according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris. According to estimates in a report on truancy and chronic absenteeism in the state’s elementary schools, “chronically absent” students missed school at least 10 percent of all school days during the 2015-16 school year.


The President Calls Upon Congress Once Again to Increase Early Education in State Of The Union

President Obama laid out a plan for universal Pre-K in his 2013 State of the Union address, and came back to that theme in his 2015 speech. “In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever,” Obama said during this week’s address.


Child Sex Trafficking Needs Demand-Side Solutions

As long as demand for the commercial sex markets remains strong, reductions in incidences of child sex trafficking should not be expected. Attempts to combat drug trafficking and abuse have proven to be costly and ineffective by aiming at supply and distribution.


Early Education Dollars on the Rise

There has been an uptick in philanthropic funds to increase the availability and quality of early education services in the past several months. Two leading foundations have made large commitments to the field.


Pay for Success Watch: Chicago Announces Plans for Major Social Impact Bond Project

Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city of Chicago will be home to a substantial social impact bond project addressing early education services for impoverished youth and families. According the Nonprofit Finance Fund, there are currently projects in various implementation stages underway in Massachusetts, New York, Utah, Colorado, Ohio, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois, South Carolina and California.


    West Philadelphia Promise Zone Gets a Boost for Its Youngest Citizens

    The William Penn Foundation and Drexel University have formed a partnership to help improve early education in West Philadelphia. This partnership will support the West Philadelphia Early Childhood Education Initiative (WPECE) to increase high-quality child care in the Mantua, West Powelton and Belmont neighborhoods.


    Preschool Selection Considerations and Experiences of School Mistreatment Among Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Adoptive Parents

    Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual parents of preschoolers may be particularly sensitive to family, racial and sexual diversity issues as they evaluate and select preschools for their children. Additionally, heterosexual adoptive parent families may be especially sensitive to adoption-related stigma and exclusion.