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Venice architecture biennale pavilions – a souped-up pre-school playground 30.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Uruguay opens a swap shop, Australia makes a splash with its pool while Germany and Austria’s pavilions tackle the refugee crisis with varying success – the architectural equivalent of a UN summit is as kooky and curious as ever Alejandro Aravena’s biennale: ‘We can’t forget beauty in our battles’ “I’ve come to collect my soil,” says a man wearing a green plastic sack, hauling a five-litre bucket of yoghurt up the steps of the Uruguayan pavilion. “I stole it from the Germans when they weren’t looking.” Close behind him come three more people in green plastic, like a gaggle of cut-price Jedis, each carrying booty pilfered from some of the 30 national pavilions in the Venice Biennale’s giardini – the park where participating countries compete in little cultural embassies. In a mischievous twist on this year’s theme, Reporting from the Front , the Uruguayans are encouraging visitors to forage for items from rival exhibitions, while dressed in plastic “invisibility cloaks”, and bring them back. The reward is ...
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To Teach Kids To Read And Write, Sometimes You Have To Get Creative 26.5.2016 NPR News
Across the U.S., school districts face low literacy rates among low-income and minority students. Here's how schools in Dallas, Baltimore and the Bronx are getting at the problem a little differently.
Preschoolers donate money for all-inclusive playground 26.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Orem • A group of preschoolers handed a check Tuesday to City Council members to build a new, all-abilities playground. Preschool students from the Playful Studies Preschool and Private Kindergarten donated $1,352.39 to be used for the All-Together Playground. The playground will be built in Orem's City Center Park and is expected to open in September. According to its website, the all-abilities playground "will give all children in Utah County the chance to play, grow, and learn side-by-side" r...
'The Voice' recap: The four finalists sing for the win 24.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Let’s not kid ourselves. Any of the four Season 10 finalists could win "The Voice" on Tuesday night. Fans of Team Adam’s guitar-shredding blues rocker Laith Al-Saadi, Team Blake’s country-soul singer Adam Wakefield, Team Pharrell’s charming and beautiful preschool teacher Hannah Huston, or Team...

MN Legislature: What got done (and what didn't) 23.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Minnesota lawmakers stumbled across the finish line for the 2016 session Sunday night without completing three of their top goals.
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Thoughtful Parenting: Words and music 21.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Lullaby and goodnight, with roses bedight With lilies o'er spread is baby's wee bed Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed — Brahms' Lullaby (Lullaby and Goodnight) Brahms’ beautiful melody combined with comforting words is a perfect song for a caregiver (Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, etc.) to sing to an infant. “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral” (An Irish Lullaby) also offers soothing, repetitive words and melody that are calming to a wee one. Plus, they aid a baby in gradually learning that sounds are words that have meaning. Sounds and music associated with safety and nurturing are a priceless gift to our children. As we change their diapers, get them dressed, feed them, clean up messes, etc., we can talk (and sing) to our growing babies about what we and they are doing, adding a running verbal narrative and vocabulary to the memory banks in their developing brains. As children move into their toddler years, they begin to master the use of ...
How a preschool test can endanger Head Start program funding 20.5.2016 Washington Post
How a preschool test can endanger Head Start program funding
Utah lawmakers restore funding for education software and high school cooking program during special session 19.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah lawmakers hit a budgetary reset button on Wednesday, reversing a series of line-item vetoes and restoring $4.7 million in funding for online preschool, elementary reading software and a cooking competition for high school students. By votes of 27-1 in the Senate and 67-6 in the House, lawmakers approved SB2001, which returns funding levels to what the Legislature approved in March. Layton Republican Sen. Stuart Adams said the online preschool program, UPSTART, has been a “phenomenal” effor...
Flint School District Works With Local University To Expand Early Childhood Education 18.5.2016 Think Progres

A Flint pre-k program will likely expand access to more kids at the end of the year.

The post Flint School District Works With Local University To Expand Early Childhood Education appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Can the Working Family Work in America? 17.5.2016 American Prospect
By Allison J. Pugh Oxford University Press The male-breadwinner family is arguably the least traditional family form in all of world history. For thousands of years, husbands, wives, and children worked together to provision the household. In the United States, it wasn’t until the 1920s that a bare majority of children lived in homes where the mother was not working beside her husband in a family enterprise or earning income in other ways, with the children exempted from labor to go to school. Receding in the Great Depression and World War II, the male-breadwinner family roared back once the war ended. At the end of the 1950s, only 19 percent of married mothers with children under age six were in the labor force. Two-thirds of children under age 15 lived in married families in which the husband had a job and the wife stayed home. But by that time, wives and mothers were already re-entering the labor force, and by 2014, 64 percent of married women with children under six were employed. Today, only 22 ...
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North Routt Chili Cook Off offers good eats for worthy causes 14.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
For many, the annual Great North Routt Chili Cook Off signals the end of cabin fever and a long winter. It also means good eats and full bellies, with dozens of green and red chilis, soups and desserts. "People get really excited about their chili," organizer Kerri Ann Crocker said. She said the most serious competitors make large batches to ensure everyone has an opportunity to get a taste. Winners are determined by votes from the people who attend. This year's competition is from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hahn's Peak Roadhouse, 60880 Routt County Road 129 in Clark. Cook off participants are asked to drop off entries — six quarts or more — at Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse by 12:30 p.m. Sunday and bring crock pots, power cords and ladles. The entry fee is $10. Cost to eat is $15 per person with a maximum charge of $45 per family. Children younger than 7 eat free. Entertainment will be provided by the Three Wire band. Crocker said it is guaranteed that many of the chilis will use wild game. Last year's event included ...
Report card: Colorado's spending on preschool pales in comparison to national leaders 13.5.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado has sunk closer to the bottom of the pack for state preschool funding, according to an annual report card released ...
South Routt School District working toward balanced 2016-17 budget 12.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
South Routt School District leaders appear close to finalizing a balanced $6.8 million budget for the 2016-17 school year. Board of Education members Tuesday night held a work session to review the latest proposed budget and offer feedback to district administrators. The district is forecasting a headcount of 21 less students next year, down to 305 pupils, but it will take advantage of an averaging mechanism that allows districts to lessen the burden of decreasing enrollment. Based on a five-year average, the district will collect funding for 349 pupils. Preliminary numbers suggest state per-pupil funding for South Routt will go up to $10,057 next year, thanks to an overall increase in allocated state funding and favorable changes in the state funding formula on how the size of a district, the number of personnel and the cost of living impact the money given. This year, the district collected $9,733 per student. Board members Tuesday asked questions about the budget, including costs associated with the ...
Fact Check: Did Hillary Clinton Introduce A New Approach To Early Education? 10.5.2016 NPR News
The HIPPY program, based on home visits, teaches parents to be their children's first teachers.
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Hillary Clinton Makes A Bold Pledge To Working Parents 10.5.2016 Think Progres

Clinton will lay out plans to address the unaffordable child care crisis across the country.

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The Mother Who Wouldn't Let A Teacher Shame Her 3-Year-Old 7.5.2016 NPR: Saturday
The little girl did something lots of kids do. She took her clothes off. The teacher acted as if the child had ruined her life. The Gaza Strip mother found the courage to rebuke the teacher.
Educators in Flint step up efforts to reach youngest victims of tainted water 4.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Thousands of Michigan kids who have been exposed to high levels of lead are at risk of major behavioral and cognitive problems. But early education intervention can help mitigate these effects.
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Educators In Flint Step Up Efforts To Reach Youngest Victims Of Tainted Water 4.5.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
Thousands of kids in Flint who have been exposed to high levels of lead are at risk of major behavioral and cognitive problems. But early education intervention can help mitigate these effects.
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DFL wants student support funds now, but GOP isn't budging 3.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Advocates say the need for more counselors, social workers and other support workers is critical in Minnesota. But heading into negotiations, the DFL-controlled Senate and GOP-controlled House are far apart on the issue.
Taking On Poverty And Education In School Costs A Lot Of Money 1.5.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
In 1997, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered millions of dollars in additional funding to 31 of the poorest school districts in the state. Camden alone spends about $23,000 per student per year.
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