Sarah D. Sparks -- Preschools and kindergartens long have taught children "task skills," such as cutting paper and coloring inside the lines. But new research suggests the spatial and fine-motor skills learned in kindergarten and preschool not only prepare students to write their mathematics homework neatly, but also prime them to learn math and abstract reasoning.
Lesli A. Maxwell -- I'm back in my regular Ed Week saddle after a trip to the West Coast, where I had the chance to visit schools and classrooms full of English learners. One of my favorite days was the one I spent at Gardner Academy, in downtown San Jose, Calif., where some native Spanish speakers are being taught in their primary language and in English from the moment they start prekindergarten.
Oklahoma is bucking national trends by increasing student enrollment and per-pupil state funding rates in its public prekindergarten programs, according to a new study by the National Institute for Early Education Research.
Oklahoma continues to lead the nation in the development of public prekindergarten programs, according to a new study by the National Institute for Early Education Research. The study found that state funding across the U.S. for such schooling has decreased significantly, and enrollment has stalled for the first time in a decade. But Oklahoma was one of the few exceptions to these trends.
Christina A. Samuels -- The $650 million “i3” competitive-grant program awarded up to $50 million to 49 recipients in 2010. AppleTree’s program, the top-ranked proposal with an exclusive focus on early-childhood education, received one of the smaller “development” grants, for promising but relatively untested ideas, and is putting its money toward meeting the needs of its students, primarily minority and from low-income homes.
Editorial -- WHEN the leader of the free world praises your state on a national stage, people pay attention — and ask lots of questions. This has certainly been the case since local pre-kindergarten teacher Susan Bumgarner represented Oklahoma at the State of the Union address. President Barack Obama extolled the virtues of early childhood education and suggested that all states make “high-quality preschool available to every child in America.”
Steve Cohen -- 'How can anyone be against expanding preschool programs?" a liberal friend asked. "If you want to break the cycle of poverty and dependence, there's no better investment." Not necessarily.
The Obama Administration continues to spotlight the President's preschool proposal, stressing that the plan is for the federal government to help support state-funded programs, not create a new federal program.
Stephen Sawchuk -- Amid the attention stemming from President Barack Obama's focus on early-childhood education in his State of the Union address, some advocates are wondering what the proposal will mean in the way of expectations for teachers.
Editorial -- Oklahoma for some years now has won national acclaim for its effective and extensive early childhood offerings. But for some reason, even our own leaders aren't willing to give credit where credit is due.
One of New Zealand's biggest education unions is launching a five-year campaign aimed at improving early childhood education (ECE) in the country.
Cuts to funding are eroding the quality of ECE services and the union wants the Government to commit more money to ECE in the next budget, NZEI national president Judith Nowotarski says.