NYT Article: Teaching Is Not a Business

In a marketplace that fosters business models, competitiveness and disruptive innovation, David Kirp discusses the importance of cultivating relationships between teachers and their students. In this article, he mentions several successful educational initiatives that all share the same bottom line: they strengthen personal bonds by building strong systems of support in the school.   In […]

Making the Hours Count (New America Education)

In the latest policy brief by Education Policy Program at New America, policy analyst Alexander Holt explores the disparities in early childhood education. In his latest publication, Making the Hours Count, Holt suggests an efficient way to study the disparities is to examine the language surrounding the discussion of full time vs half-time schooling. In […]

A Mad Dash to enroll Preschoolers (The Wall Street Journal)

  Due to the city aim to offer 33,000 full day Universal Pre-K seats by fall in New York City, early childhood centers are faced with an urgency to fill those seats. District pre-schools have been mostly filled since June, while the centers are still out enrolling new students. With months passed and millions of […]

The Preschool Nation Summit in NYC (DigitalJournal)

The country's first Preschool Nation Summit will be held August 5, gathering leaders inside and outside the field of early education. Hosted by Los Angeles Universal Preschool, the summit is just one part of a larger initiative to advocate for Universal Pre-K on a national platform. Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio will […]

Early Childhood and Human Capital (Washington Post)

Since the 2007-2009 recession, there have been historically high, long-term unemployment rates throughout the nation. Economists, policymakers, and businesspeople have since been pondering the question: how does the nation work to combat this unemployment? Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, presented the Federal Reserve’s plan of action in a speech at […]

Universal Pre-K Expansion Program (CapitalNY)

With the city’s mayor de Blasio pushing for an additional $300 million for the five boroughs and $40 million for the rest of the state, the program for state-wide access to universal pre-K structure is changing. For the first time community-based organizations may apply for funds independent of their local school districts. This creates more access […]

CUNY’s New Accelrated Certification Program (Clarion)

Following the city’s move to expand early childhood education, there is a demand for 2,000 new pre-K teachers to be certified and prepared for the classroom by September 2015. In response, CUNY’s Early Childhood Professional Development Institute has moved to create a new accelerated program which prepares new teachers through one of two tracks throughout […]

Newest Standardized Test for Kindergarten Elite Schools (NYMag)

In the growing age of standardized testing, NYC elite private kindergartens are forgoing the 45-year standard, the IQ tests, for the “Educational Records Bureau's brand-new Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners.” This new standardized test will be administered on an iPad, cost $65, and has starting tutoring rates ranging between $140 and $200 a session. One […]

Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth (NYTimes)

For the first time in its history, the American Academy of Pediatrics “has officially weighed in on early literacy education,” announcing its new policy that doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth. These 62,000 pediatricians throughout the nation are going so far as to ask its members to “become powerful […]

1-credit (graduate) weekend workshop: Health Education for Young Children and their Families

The City College of New York is offering a 1-credit (graduate) weekend workshop at the Children's Museum of Manhattan on Friday, June 6th from 3:00PM- 7:30PM and Saturday, June 7th from 9:00PM- 5:00PM. This interactive weekend workshop is designed for educators and administrators who work with young children and their families. Conducted at and taught […]