Early Childhood in the News
- Kate Santich on 08/19/2014
Posted July 31, 2014 - 8:30am
ORLANDO, Fla. — For Florida’s 1 million children growing up in poverty, kindergarten — and even pre-K — is too late to start giving them the help many will need to grow into capable, productive adults. That’s the warning of a growing statewide effort to help parents and policymakers pay attention to the critical development years from birth through age 3. “What’s most shocking to me is how soon the deficits show up,” says Vance Aloupis, statewide director of the Children’s Movement of Florida — a nonpartisan, grass-roots coalition pushing for increased investment in the first five years of a child’s life. For children born into homes with few books and to parents whose own education may be limited, Aloupis says, “you can already begin to see deficits at 9 months old.” By that point, kids should make speech-like babbling sounds.
- Alyson Klein on 08/19/2014
August 13, 2014 12:00 PM
Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia, which have already won federal grants to bolster their early-learning systems—or have robust early-childhood programs in place—could tap into even more money to improve preschool programs, under a new, $250 million "preschool development" grant competition announced by the Obama administration Wednesday.
And 15 states and Puerto Rico, which are just getting started on their early-learning programs would be able to compete, on a somewhat separate track, for a portion of those funds.
- FHSA on 05/22/2014
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