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Preschool for all is no panacea, California 8.10.2015 LA Times: Commentary

After passing with strong bipartisan support in the Assembly and the state Senate, AB 47, the Preschool for All Act of 2015, is on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk awaiting his signature. The bill would ensure that by June 30, 2018, all of California's economically disadvantaged 4-year-olds would have access...

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Attention problem in kids linked to flame retardant exposure 8.10.2015 New Kerala: Health News
New York, Oct 8 : Prenatal exposure to some common flame retardants -- compounds added to materials such as plastics and textiles to prevent the spread of fire -- may contribute to attention problem in young children, new research has found.
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Steamboat School Board candidates face off at annual election forum 8.10.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Five candidates for the Steamboat Springs Board of Education’s three open four-year seats sounded off Wednesday during an annual election forum at The Steamboat Grand. The education-focused forum was sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, Routt County Republican and Democratic parties and the Steamboat Pilot & Today and featured the candidates, representatives from both sides of the Steamboat Springs School District’s $92 million bond question and candidates for a Colorado Mountain College board seat. Steamboat board candidates answered questions regarding the district’s decision to integrate preschool, the possibility of countywide district consolidation, the board’s role in choosing curriculum, how to address funding shortfalls and what innovative practices they would champion. While the candidates agreed in the importance of preschool, they differed on whether it should be part of the school district. Candidate Anne Lowe, a pharmacist at Yampa Valley Medical Center, suggested that the ...
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Q. & A. with Kelsi Edwards, South Routt School Board, District 5 candidate 6.10.2015 Steamboat Pilot
South Routt School District, District 5 Kelsi Edwards Occupation: Owner of a hair salon in Yampa Family: Husband, Adam Edwards; 4-year-old son enrolled in South Routt preschool; and 7-year-old daughter who is second-grader at South Routt Elementary School Civic involvement: I volunteered to help upgrade the South Routt preschool from a half-day to a full-day preschool. Q. Why are you qualified to serve in the school board? A. When we moved from Hayden to Toponas last year, I immediately started working to help improve our schools. As a highly motivated parent, I began volunteering at the school, assisting on field trips and working to increase the length of the school day at the preschool. I want what is best for our children and for their education, and I'm willing fight to get them the opportunities that they deserve. Q. What do you feel the most important issue facing the South Routt School District and what can be done to address it? A. The most important issue facing our school district is the ...
Third of pre-school children have their own iPad, says study 6.10.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Ownership of tablet computers among under-fives in the UK is widespread, with a quarter of under-threes having one of their own

A third of pre-school children in the UK have their own iPad or a similar tablet that they use for an average of one hour and 19 minutes every weekday, often on their own without a parent or guardian, according to research.

The study found that in households that have tablets, 31% of children aged five and under have their own tablet; among even the youngest children ownership is widespread with a quarter of those under three having a tablet of their own.

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DNA from soiled shorts leads Denver DA to charge man in burglary 5.10.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
A 49-year-old man who stole guitars from a preschool and church last year has been charged with two counts of burglary after DNA linked him to the crimes.
Reactions to Arne Duncan's departure illustrate national divide over education 5.10.2015 Washington Post
Reactions to Arne Duncan's departure illustrate national divide over education
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Duncan, a close Obama friend, to leave Education Dept. with mixed legacy 3.10.2015 Washington Post
Duncan, a close Obama friend, to leave Education Dept. with mixed legacy
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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to step down at end of year 3.10.2015 Washington Post
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to step down at end of year
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan To Step Down 3.10.2015 NPR News
After nearly seven years in office, Duncan bows out, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of achievement and controversy.
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The Education Secretary's Greatest Hits 3.10.2015 NPR News
A list of the major benchmarks of Arne Duncan's seven years in the Obama Administration — and what they mean for what's coming next.
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The Tennessee Pre-K Debate: Spinach Vs. Easter Grass 30.9.2015 NPR News
A new Vanderbilt University study found that Tennessee's Voluntary pre-K for low-income children has no lasting benefits, stirring up an age-old debate in education circles.
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Why We Still Need To Push For Universal Preschool 29.9.2015 Think Progres

Quality universal pre-k programs are still needed, early childhood education experts say.

The post Why We Still Need To Push For Universal Preschool appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Protect children's dental health 28.9.2015 Steamboat Pilot
DentaQuest and the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program think your child’s oral health is important. Take the following steps to make sure your child’s teeth and gums are healthy. • Everyone in the family should see a dental care provider twice per year. • Remind your child to brush twice per day with fluoride toothpaste to keep their teeth and gums healthy. • Help them brush until age 8, as young kids may not have the ability to brush well by themselves. • Encourage and help with flossing once daily. • Drink tap water instead of bottled water — bottled water does not have fluoride which can protect teeth • Model healthy dental care behaviors — brush your teeth twice per day, floss daily and eat a healthy, low sugar diet. Show your family that you value oral health and they will, too. • Help your child make healthy choices when snacking. Foods high in sugar contribute to tooth decay. • Check your child’s teeth regularly. Count their teeth, look for dark spots or red and swollen gums. Ask if they have any ...
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Candidates remain positive at annual First Impressions forum 24.9.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A sampling of area city council and school board hopefuls kept the discussion positive during a forum hosted by First Impressions Wednesday. Nine of 11 city council candidates — five of Steamboat’s six and one of Hayden’s four — attended the forum. No South Routt school board candidates were present. Most candidates were complimentary of the ideas of others and built upon the answers of previous hopefuls during the forum. City council candidate Erin Walker brought inventive ideas to the discussion, including highlighting the need for licensed teachers for infant care programs. “While affordability is certainly an issue, I think one of the bigger issues is finding teachers to care for the infants,” Walker said. Walker was also first to bring up the idea of the city working with developers to potentially offer incentives for incorporating daycare space into a developments. Several city council candidates brought up the importance of the Human Resource Coalition, a city grant program for non-profits, and ...
The Top 25 kid-friendly museums in the U.S. includes two in California 22.9.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the California Science Center in Los Angeles ranked first and second in a list of the top 25 museums for children in the United States.
Five steps to achieving the goal of educating every child in the world 22.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
For all young people to have a good education by 2030, we must focus on greatly improving the learning opportunities of disadvantaged children Sustainable development goals to be agreed by world leaders this week include a commitment to ensure that all young people have access to good quality primary and lower secondary education by 2030. The goals include a pledge that no one will be left behind. Reaching these goals will require improved educational quality for the most disadvantaged children from the earliest years. Worldwide, 250 million children do not have even basic numeracy and literacy skills . In rural parts of India and Pakistan, only one in five children aged 10 and 11, who should have spent five years in school, have achieved minimum learning ...
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Mary Anderson: 1st enhance programs 19.9.2015 Steamboat Pilot
While I don’t dismiss the merits of an early childhood education, I think as a “village” we need to thoroughly think through the idea of having Steamboat Springs School District provide preschool. Private child care centers in this valley care for not only preschoolers, but infant and toddlers as well. If they lose their preschoolers, will they be able to sustain their infant and toddlers? I don’t know the answer to this. Also, I think it is noble that the Steamboat Springs School District is seeing a savings by taking over our integrated preschool (one that serves special needs students in a mainstream setting). Perhaps they could invest some of the $30,000 savings into a handicap accessible playground and bus service for our special needs preschoolers. These children deserve these things. Let’s start by enhancing the programs we have before expanding them. For this and for many other unanswered concerns that I have I am voting no on 3A and 3B. Mary ...
Learning To Code In Preschool 18.9.2015 NPR News
New software introduces programming skills to pre-readers. Is this 21st century literacy? Or too much, too soon?
South Routt School District staff working to address declining enrollment 17.9.2015 Steamboat Pilot
South Routt School District Superintendent Darci Mohr is hoping to invest more energy toward visionary thinking this year in hopes of slowing or reversing dramatically declining enrollment in the district. Mohr reported to board members Tuesday that district enrollment is down to 334 students — down from 391 students early last school year and lower than current year projections that included some declining enrollment. “We need to make drastic change quickly,” Mohr said. “We can’t afford to wait.” Declining enrollment this year could mean the district receives about $100,000 less than it initially budgeted. The district has implemented a hiring freeze in the meantime. Official enrollment counts that determine funding take place Oct. 1. Among the strategies Mohr presented to the school board were ideas to improve the reputation of the small, rural district and find ways to keep students from enrolling in the Steamboat Springs School District instead. The strategies include: Improving academic ...
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