Infant-Toddler School Readiness News: U.S. Senate Committee Approves SIgnificant Investments in Early Education and Care

Infant-Toddler School Readiness News: U.S. Senate Committee Approves SIgnificant Investments in Early Education and Care In Alyssa Haywoode’s blog post on Monday for eye on early education, a blog of Strategies for Children, Inc., she tells readers that “the Senate Committee on Appropriations took a stand for the nation’s youngest children by approving a fiscal year […]

Too Small to Fail and the Early Childhood Innovation Accelerator Project

Too Small to Fail and the Early Childhood Innovation Accelerator Project The above-linked article by Lisa Guernsey at the New America Foundation tells us how “early childhood advocates received some big shots of energy last week,” including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s declaration to participate in a national initiative titled “Too Small to Fail.” In […]

3-year Old Pre-Literacy Skills for School Readiness

In the past month, 40-month old Sam has been fascinated with letters and spelling. He wants to know what words “say,” asks what such letter strings as P-L-O-S “spell” (clearly a string he made up off the top of his head!), and wants to practice spelling his name (Fortunately, he goes by his middle name […]

New HHS Child Care Regulations Increase Focus on Quality Education

New HHS Child Care Regulations Increase Focus on Quality Education On May 30, Clare McCann wrote the above-linked article for the New America Foundation’s Early Ed Watch.   In her article, she reveals the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of “a new round of  child care regulations” which would raise health and safety standards at […]

The Hell (and Hope for) American Daycare: A National Economic Issue, Not Just a Women’s Issue

The Hell (and Hope for) American Daycare: A National Economic Issue, Not Just a Women’s Issue The above link takes you to a New America podcast that delves further into the dismal state of American child care and continues the conversation about potential strategies to improve our early education system more broadly.  Despite inadequacies, panelists […]

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces First Nationwide Safety Standards for Child Care

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces First Nationwide Safety Standards for Child Care Brigid Schulte reported for the Washington Post yesterday that “the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday morning that it will for the first time impose tough national health and safety standards on all child-care facilities that accept […]

Can Two-Generation Strategies Bolster Early Education and Workforce Participation?

Can Two-Generation Strategies Bolster Early Education and Workforce Participation? The above link provides an opportunity to view the live-streamed event that I attended yesterday at the New America Foundation which focused on the “hell of American daycare” and an examination of potential strategies to improve our early education system more broadly.  The conversation highlighted Jonathan […]

Perfect Example of Toddlerhood

39-month old Sam insists that I read the book. After an exchange of using the pronouns “I” and “you” accurately to say he wants me to read the book to him (Accurate use of pronouns is age-appropriate for a 39-month old.), he ends up taking over the activity after all. This is a clear example […]

May 13th Conversation with Jonathan Cohn about the Hell of American Daycare

May 13th Conversation with Jonathan Cohn about the Hell of American Daycare  I In my April 15 blog, I informed my readers about Jonathan Cohn’s article in New Republic titled “The Hell of American Daycare.”  The article highlighted the tragic outcomes stemming from our inadequate, unequal, and largely unregulated child care system.   The above link provides […]

No Rich Child Left Behind

No Rich Child Left Behind The above-linked article comes to us from The Great Divide, a NY Times online series on inequality — the haves, the have-nots and everyone in between — in the United States and around the world, and its implications for economics, politics, society and culture.  The author of the article, Sean […]